Reading your blog posts though Google Reader is great except you cannot see the actual blog layouts.
here is a tip I got from Scary Mommy
Finally, a tip for design loving blog readers: If you read blogs through Google Reader, but miss actually seeingthe blogs, this is the answer you’ve been waiting for: Logged into your Google account, go here and click on the Goodies tab. Once you “Put Reader in a Bookmark,” you will be able to read the posts from your reader, intheir actual blogs. You get to see the blog post in the pretty design, and the blogger gets the page-view. Win, win for everyone.
EXCEPT it hasnt been working for me since they changed the Reader Layout!
I will update this when it works again.
EDIT: it works again!! yay!
I have blogged this so I have the info handy for when i need to do it again.