I need a piece of software which would make it easy for me to systematically read through the archives of a blog.
Manually going through the archives is a pain. I want to be able to check off what I've read, mark good posts, and browse more easily than by slowly-loading pages which show all the posts in a month.
Is there an off-line reader or an RSS reader designed for archives that you can recommend?
Why most RSS feed readers won't work
By manually inspecting the RSS feed html file, I figured out that it only includes that last 10 posts. This means that no normal RSS feed reader is going to access the archives by simply looking at the current feed.
Google Reader apparently uses data gathered historically by Google to show you old posts when you use the "Sort by newest". But....
Why Google Reader doesn't work
If you select "sort by newest", you can scroll down, and it will load progressively older posts. But if the blog has been running for a few years, it isn't feasible to get to the beginning. It only loads roughly 5 new posts at a time, and you have to keep scrolling to get it to load another 5 older posts
If you select "sort by oldest", it only displays the oldest in the last 30 days.
I found this blog post about some guy's Perl code to do this. I really don't have the expertise to implement this code myself.