Alright, so I've had my 5770 poolmining at 180-185MH/s overnight for two days now, still only sitting on 0.06BTC but I guess it's a start. The idea is that I'll mine up my first 1.0BTC and then use that to reach my goal of 60 US dollars. It's a modest, fun goal that I'm sure I'm capable of achieving.
The thing is, there's a large gap between getting my first BTC and turning it into 60BTC. How do I invest this BTC? How do I make more BTC in a more efficient manner then mining with an unoptimised rig? As an illustrator I feel I can make a few BTC selling digital portraits to people (Although I'm not sure where exactly the best place to pedal my wares is), but beyond working for my BTC, could anyone suggest a plausible route of investment?
Any advice is appreciated, even if you just share your stories of how you came across your first bitcoin and how you've made more.
Most importantly, I'm doing this for fun. I've got plenty of free time at the moment and feel this is a rewarding use of my time, but it is above all a 'for fun' endeavor.