I keep up with feeds by ignoring unread counts.
I use a self hosted install of Fever. What's great about it is that I can look through recent news like a traditional feed reader, or I can see what's being talked about and linked to in my "Hot" section. Fever works by giving it less-frequently updated by very high quality feeds as "kindling," then a bunch of high-frequency link-blogs in "sparks." The more a story from the Kindling is linked to both from sparks and other kindling, the higher rating it gets. It's a really great way to catch up on news as it places a higher emphasis on what I'm more likely to be interested in topically, than just an endless trail of unread counts.
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