I have been blogging, if one wishes to call it that, for about 18 months and I just started using a RSS Reader this morning. In less than 10 minutes, I was up and running using the Google Reader. It seems like a good one to use although I'm (obviously) no expert on this.
I think I prefer web-based readers because I tend to blog from at least two different computers.
I can see why people don't like blogs that don't have RSS feeds. It's so much easier to find updated posts that I wonder why I didn't do this sooner.
I would be thrilled if I wasn't a bit embarrassed, although certainly not embarrassed enough to tell the world about my idiocy. :)