In March 2009 I won $10 in a private freeroll on cake. I started playing $1 sngs (30 person) while also playing higher buyins on pokerstars
with my BR over there.
I kept playing the $1s until I built my BR up to $50-$60 then I was mixing in the $3 PLO/8 sngs (6 players).
My big break came towards the end of September when I came in 2nd place in the $5 36 person SNG for $45 PLUS a ticket into a $5,000 freeroll. I ended up in 4th place out of 190+ in the freeroll for $405.
This win shot my BR close to $600 and I played a $5 rebuy PLO tournament 2 days after I won the $405. Well I came in first in the $5 rebuy for $360 which shot my BR over $900.
During November I mixed in PLO cash and some MTTs (mostly the $5 rebuy PLO and PLO/8 MTTS) and I have built my roll over $2,000.
My goal is to get to $4,000 by the end of the year so then next year I can start making some real money
Edit: I decided in October to cash out my Stars BR and focus on my play on cake (because of my success and rakeback). I took the money from Stars and just deposited it into my bank account.