Go to Index, glance at titles, go to ones that catch my eye, then, go to some of the subforums that I feel like at the moment, and check titles that grab my interest. And, also go to threads I've responded to previously.
And, then, if I feel like it, check out the blogs section of my friends, or again, if some title catches my interest.
Pretty much the same for me!
I've never utilized any of the functions like 'newest posts', and I've never subscribed to anything either.
"...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce