I follow plenty of blogs — more than hundred of them. Google reader makes life simple, but apparently not simple enough. Because I find myself ignoring feeds many of the times by clicking mark as read. But I went back to my starred feeds from a long time; following are what would have to be called my favorites based on my own reading patterns:

I read lots of news, but this is also where I do most of my mark as read sins. I try to follow long-term themes such as economy/finance, energy/climate etc…If you just want to follow the big guys, read everything Paul Krugman reads or Tom Friedman reads.