I read a lot of blogs--try to any way. I can't keep up, and the ones I pick up regularly and read sort of shift around with what I'm doing, and what's being blogged. Lately, I've been paying a lot of attention to webcomics.com - Comics news and how-tos for the modern cartoonist
I've been using Wacom tablets for several years, and it took a while to get used to--actually I'll say there was immediate and gratifying results, followed by months and months of working better with the device, of getting used to looking at the screen with the pen on the desk, mastering brush and property changes in different apps, Photoshop CS, Painter, etc.
If you're new to tablets or not, here's a great article by Chairlie Gavin on the Wacom what and how: