Time to Play the Crypto Game

You can’t win if you don’t play the game.

So it’s time for CryptoGirl to start playing.

By EFF-Graphics (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 us (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
For years, I’ve been watching the Bitcoin headlines scroll by on Reddit. I remember headlines about Mt. Gox and can the real Satoshi Nakamoto “please stand up”. Bitcoin crossed $3000 and then $4000.

As I write this, Bitcoin is just 24-hours post $5000. And not just. I think it hit $5900 before I started writing. (It took me a while to post this – I hear the price dropped a little).

I don’t want the cryptocurrency craze to pass me by. What if I got bitcoin when it hit $3000? But, I don’t really have a clue what I’m doing. It seems like most people involved are geeks – you know, computer people.

I’m a newbie. I don’t program. My boyfriend has to help me with my computer. I don’t keep up with passwords and encryption keys well. (I don’t even keep up with my car keys well.)

But, I can afford to lose $100, or $200. So first I’m going to invest, and then I’m going to mine. You can watch what happens – mistakes, wins, losses and successes.

I’ll be figuring it out one step at a time, and bringing you along for the ride. If my lazy streak doesn’t get in the way.

One friend is mining already.

I met Ben online (where else? Right?). He’s offered to help. He’s mining Ethereum on high-end video cards. With 2 cards, he was bringing in around $2 a day. (Before it climbed from $240ish to $370ish in a day). He’s installing 2 more cards as I write this and plans to get more.

If you feel like you don’t know what the cool kids know about bitcoin, ethereum and cryptocurrency mining, then you’re in the right spot. I’ve never been the cool kid, and I don’t have much of clue here.

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– CryptoGirl (a/k/a Melissa)