For one thing, make it easier on yourself.
Although this could perhaps be viewed as promotional spam, it's truly not meant that way:
If using Google's Chrome Browser to view ietf.org RFCs, I can recommend installing the RFCRestyle Chrome Extension for no other reason than to make the work of reading them easier on the eyes and neck.
In all seriousness, I made the extension specifically because they are daunting documents, that like it or not, MUST be read by anyone wishing to work with the web.
What better way to understand how to e.g. properly format an email, than to read the standards that shape the way the entire system works?
None that I know of.
It might not be fun or sexy, but these documents are expertly crafted, thorough examinations and revelations about every agreed procedure oiling the gears of the information age. And without trudging through them, one can only ever hope to have a layman's or (at least in some way) a corrupt understanding of the subject(s).
e.g. I built (and subsequently used) the extension after discovering Wikipedia's page about Email Addresses was less than accurate, and set about fixing it. Abundant eye strain and a lot of head scratching later, and the article was improved along with my knowledge of the subject. I had also discovered that RFCs are horrible to read without a little CSS magic.
Until I took the time to wade through the standards as defined in several RFCs, and did my best to relate that to the wiki, the readers of that wiki were provided quite severely inaccurate information;
it's only the official standards that can ultimately be relied on. Every other source of knowledge on these subjects is a corruption of the source (in some respect or other).
So, although not "the best fun EVAH!" - someone has to do it.