I am just getting started with my blog, but it sounds like you have some really good ideas to get yours off the ground. I'm still working on putting the social media aspect of my blog too. I love writing and have a ton of posts lined up. It's all the other stuff that goes into maintaining a blog that's slowing me down. So, I get where you're coming from. I hope you get your blogroll page going soon.
The name and banner pic for your blog is very cute!