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A couple comments.
First, along the lines of what Sailingfool was commenting... It's a bit tricky to tell from your description, but it sounds like you are maybe bringing the bitter end of the reefing line back to the end of the boom and securing it there? If so, it would be much better to take that bitter end and tie it around the boom, just below and slightly aft of where the clew reefing cringle is in the sail. This will allow the reefing line to both pull the new "foot" aft AND down snug, which is what you want.
Second. I'm not sure I like the way you reave the reefing line. I much prefer it to go through the cringle from one side and then down the other side of the sail to where it ties around the boom. I've never tried your approach, but it seems like it would introduce a lot of friction.
Also, as for the blocks you've purchased: I do not believe you need them, at least not for first and second reef points. (It might be helpful to position the lead farther forward for a third reef.) But they definitely should be mounted quite a bit more than six inches aft of the grommet. Six inches aft is actually a good place for the bitter end of the line that is providing the downward pull.
One other general suggestion is to be sure to take up on the topping lift while tucking in the reef. Of course, you would ease mainsheet and vang first.
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