I find it so freaking funny that you had absolutely no idea that book blogs existed! I mean, you visited them everyday for giveaways, yet you remained oblivious.
Now that you have looked beyond that, you want to join in on the fun too, right? Hold it right there though. I have few words for you. Remember this letter when your blogging days have extended, read it when you need some motivation, or post it publicly during a Love-A-Thon or something. Cherish these tidbits of advice.
1. Learn the lingo.
No, an ARC is not Amazing Rich Chocolate. And a blog button is not pinned to your shirt pocket. Familiarize yourself with the words that will soon be a part of your everyday vocabulary.
2. Book bloggers are the nicest.
There are many other book bloggers in this world. You are about to enter a blogosphere that is warm and encouraging. You are not alone, and never will be. Find a book blog. If you like it, let the blogger know. Like their critical insight of a book others rave about? Mention it. Socializing with other book bloggers won't hurt. Remember, it's selfish to expect support without giving it.
3. Don't mimic other bloggers.
You're going to see a lot of bigger and better blogs than yours. I know you like you're myself, and it will take a while before you invest enough confidence in blogging. Whatever you do, be yourself. Don't try to change your writing style, review rubric or anything because so and so does it. Soon you will be much more confident, so toughen up.
4. Be moderate.
You don't need to post three reviews a day or sign up for every promo out there. In moderation comes more thought in your work, and more thought increases your blog's quality. You don't want to overwhelm yourself or your readers.
5. Make your blog thrilling.
Give your readers a dose of excitement. Surprise them with a giveaway. Pitch a controversial discussion post. Do whatever you can to keep them engaged. Just don't get all desperate.
6. Find balance. Life happens outside your blog too.
I know you're a bit of a perfectionist, and you want to reply to comments promptly, and tweak your design over and over. Just don't let the blog devour you. You have a family and boyfriend who also want to spend quality time with you. Take a break sometimes.
Christine, I really hope you heed to my advice. You will learn much more than this as you continue blogging.
P.S. Please don't name your blog Oh, Chrys!...unless you prefer misleading people that your name is Chrys and not Christine.