Thank you all so much for helping my clueless self out - but I clearly need remedial training!!!
I'm not sure I even knew the dashboard existed, though it is ringing some distant bell... but that's a whole different story.
I've now gone to the dashboard and it mostly looks like google reader. It seems to show the most recently updated posts first, and it has an alphabetical listing of all the blogs on the left - this is a great place becuase I know I've followed a few blogs but then forgotten to add them to my roll and until I trip over that blog again I'm out of luck.
But it only shows the first paragraph or so of each post before it moves onto the next post and in order to read the rest of the post it seems I have to click the title of the post which then opens up the whole blog in a different window - just as if I'd clicked it from my blog roll. I'm hoping to avoid actually going to the colorful blogs (or at least have that option when I'm not doing what I should be doing at work). Am I missing how to use the Dashboard most effectively - or does it in fact just open the entire blog in order to be able to read the rest of the post.
Thanks for your continued support of this dense little girl.