I can't recall its name, but I used to have a program that ran at the top of the screen, showing you the latest headlines from your feeds. It was awful. I felt drowning under the information flood.
I didn't think I would like it that much, but it has surprised me. It's been my favorite way to read news for a while now, with aggregators filling rounding it out.
For any given topic, like technology for instance, it's going to cover the major trending topics and include the obvious players as far as tech blogs, but smaller unknown ones will often pop into the stream over time. That's what I like about it.
Come to think of it, it's kind of like Hubksi's being able to adjust how many unfollowed users pop into your stream :)
The other way is through Flipboard's curation set, they feature many cool blogs though their names escape me.
Aside: shameless plug for my little sisters blog about raising a family in Detroit: blog
Blogging has changed everyone is a contributor to the discussion now so blogging will soon become a topic starting point rather than the source of the information. Instead of bloggers getting the source then blogging about it people are now the source
Too Busy Thinking About My Comics for in-depth critiques on the wonderful world of comics.
And Requires Only That You Hate, which offers reviews of SciFi and Fantasy books with a focus on race and sex relations. Really good stuff, even if you haven't read the books, which I didn't.
Venkatesh Rao's ribbonfarm is usually very thought provoking.
I read James Maliszewski's Grognardia for old school rpg goodness.
Jason Kottke's kottke.org is usually worth a look for light-hearted things of interest.
I peruse Crooked Timber when I'm in the mood for highbrow leftist angst.