I have been reading a lot of your posts on CC because I find that we play a very similar game (but at different limits). I started last summer with a $100 deposit on party poker
which I quickly turned into (with additional deposits) a $215 deficit.
I was playing mainly limit ring games and SnGs. By October 2005 I was at break even and I have never been below since. I withdrew my original investment and began playing off of my earnings. I hit a bad run around December, withdrew my full bankroll of $504 (all profit).
I didn't play again until early March this year. However, within a couple weeks I took first in a $3/0 MTT for an $815 boost to my bankroll. I discovered that I could win at NLHE and I grew my BR to $1250 on the NL25 and NL50 tables. Then about three weeks ago I took a $170 loss in one day. I needed some cash for expenses and decided to take out $1000 and just play on the $87 remaining (until it ran out or I built it back up). Three weeks later my BR is back up to $675 (still playing NL25 and NL50).
So, overall I am up approximately $2175 since last summer. Not bad, but I know I can play better and still have a lot to learn. I adhere to very strict BR requirements for the levels I play and will have $1500 to $2000 in my active BR before I play NL100. This may slow me down, but I like the relative comfort and manageable risk. I play 20-30 hours a week.
Hope you don't mind me telling my story. I just see a lot of similarities in our TAG style and agree with most of the advice you share on these boards (actually, can't think of anything I have disagreed with).
I have a couple questions: How much time to you play each day or week? What methods do you use to find the fish? I play on Party and, although the fish are plentiful, I need a good means for finding the best of them.