If you are new to blogs and RSS, you may wonder how you would get started on a project like this. First, try out the tools themselves and get comfortable with what they can do. Here is what we used:

We used Blogger (https://www.blogger.com/start) for the student blogs. It is free and very easy. Go there, take a tour, and set up a blog yourself! You will see that Blogger leads you through the process pretty well. We had each student set up his/her own blog there. Note that students will have to create a login. Free, BUT they have to not lose their passwords! Make them email the login and password to themselves the same day they set up the blog. We did blog set-up in class together one day in the computer lab classroom. I have also done this by having them bring their own laptops.
It is a good idea to have them set them up one day and then also do another day a week later to help them (and let them help each other) customize the blog with their own header pictures and template, etc. They were instructed to use a template that had comments and also a blogroll on the side. On that day I also had them email their blog's url to all the other students in the class, and then we set up our "blogroll." That allows them easy access to each others' blogs. It is also a good idea to show them that under the "Settings" tab, there is a llink to "permissions" where they can decide for themselves who they want to view their blog.
Feeling confused about setting up the blog? Watch this video for more help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnploFsS_tY

The one thing I usually find needs some getting used to if you haven't written to a blog before is this: When you want to write in your blog, you have to login. You see it at the URL (...blogspot.com) but you don't write there (unless you are writing a comment on a post). You sign in or login and you are taken to the "dashboard." That screen is where you control everything like the template and the permissions, and you create new posts there. When you save the post and click "publish" then it goes out to your blog and you can see it at the blog URL. It makes more sense once you have done it a few times : )

I highly reccommend that you check on your own campus with your Information Technology folks. Do you have instructional technologists? I bet they would be thrilled to collaborate.

Olivia and I both had feed readers already, so we just had to subscribe to the student blogs. At the time I used bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/), but have since switched to google reader. With my classes now, I have all of them set up their own feed reader as well. I think teaching students to utilize this kind of tool will help them a lot, and technology fluency is part of the learning outcomes for my courses. Want more instruction on setting up a reader? Try this: http://blogpond.com.au/2008/01/09/how-to-set-up-google-reader/