Well, silly me!
The concerns I expressed in Thang #3 are taken care of in Thang #4. RSS, where have you been all my life? Although I was familiar with the RSS icon (and even knew the meaning of the acronym), I hadn't done anything to organize blogs and news. Ain't technology amazing? I've now selected a number of pertinent blogs and news sites through Google Reader. I can see how this could become "addictive" and life could be consumed by catching up with blog updates. Thank you to the great minds who've used technology to save our time!