I'm not counting my chickens just yet, but it seems I've found a workable RSS solution, at least for the short term, or until I get a Mac. I'm using Bloglines, which isn't bad, although there are a few things I would change.
I'm using this post to test the notifier.
UPDATE: Bloglines checks... once an HOUR? You've got to be kidding me! That is soooo 20th century!