Official Google Reader Blog: Google Reader for Beginners:
"The Google Reader Team is proud to introduce several new help resources designed specifically at introducing beginners to using Reader: Google Reader Help Videos and the Google Reader Getting Started Guide, both accessible directly from our Help Center."
Google Reader has continued to be one of my main sources of information over the past 2-3 years. I have not yet found a better way of keeping up. Although, I do still like google alerts too.
This post by @joedale is worth reading. The power of RSS for 21st century educators