I rarely go to my homepage as a first destination on the web. I keep my favorites well organized in multiple folders and have favorites as a flyout from my start button pop-up box. I simply click the start button and navigate through the flyout menus to the particular site I need to check first.
I know other people who create a local homepage (html file kept on your hard drive). They have their favorite pictures and links at hand, organized in a way that makes surfing convenient for them.