Attention! this maybe a long and boring story
I have a friend been mining Bitcoins for 2 years now so I've first heard of Bitcoin some time ago I cant remember exactly when, but I never searched of what it was and I never took it seriously for few reasons, one of these reasons is that my friend is not a technical type of guy, and when ever I asked him about why he bought and what he was doing with his 50+ Graphic cards he allways replied " I am giving the hash power for rent and I get paid with Bitcoins" my next question was always what is Bitcoin, and he replied " you can change it for euros or buy things with it", so this bad explanation of his was the reason why I never looked at it, many times I offered him help with his hardware before he got some contractor to help him out with this and he many times mentioned again Bitcoin, and after that my curiosity went to a level that I really did wonder about what is this Bitcoin. wait till this point I didn't make any search about it yet, because each time I wanted to search about it, I already forgot what was the name of that thing.
so not long after I started a project with my cousin, we mainly started Brute-forcing Nokia SL3 codes to unlock them, SL3 locks use a SHA1 algorithm. So we needed GPUs to run the HASHcat program, here where I called my friend to sell me some of his used GPUs, he really sold me some of his cards and I started brute forcing SL3 phones, at the start it looked promising, but then I didn't have any thing to unlock for more than a month. so I was thinking why wasting the hardware and energy waiting for something there may never come. I called my friend who sold me the GPUs to ask him again about what that thing he was doing. and he told me mining Bitcoin, than I started searching about what was Bitcoin, I was so excited that I slept only for 2-3 hours than went to work for the hole week. I started mining at Slush's pool, than Mtred, I didnt make that much of money especially after the Block halving, my friend was thinking about stoping and moving to ASICs (of course he thought that he will get them in January) so he sold me more GPUs. I didnt mine that much of bitcoin, more or less I took it as hobby.
my system was crashing and I didnt fix it for few days, sometimes It went off and I didnt give it that much of attention, untill one day I had vacation so I had time to fix the 2 rigs up and decided to read some instruction about getting the maximum hash speed of my cards. when I was googling the subject one of the top results was Consolidated Litecoin Mining Guide for 5xxx, 6xxx, and 7xxx GPUs, I was like what litecoin, what is litecoin ?
I started again, I did read about litecoin more than Bitcoin, I took my time to look at it studied it and then decided to mine it February 2013, Litecoin than was worth few cents (I think 0.07$) difficulity was around 18 I think, I started mining in notroll.in than moved to litecoinpool.org (yes thanks god) and I stayed there till writing these lines.
I have to say that mining LTC was more painful than mining BTC, my 2 rigs were crashing constantly and I was constantly trying to fix them, many times I just got pissed off and didn't have the energy to deal with them and left them off for the hole week, I mined around 1500 LTC in notroll.in and then tried give-me-ltc I mined also few hundreds there, then I moved to Litecoinpool and stayed there, I kept mining LTC even when it was less profitable than mining bitcoin. I stoped caring about other alts when I saw the ton of copys they were made each day, hell I do not even know how many ALts we have out there.
the most thing I regret is selling over 2500 LTC when the price was around 0.17$ , just short after I sold out the price went to 5.9$, and difficulty jumped up as a rocket, I bought goods and hardware with LTC, sent some to my friends to introduce them To LTC, talked to many people about LTC and donated much of it as well.
today I do not have that much in my wallet, but I am really happy with what I have, I made new friends and met new amazing people because of LTC, it became more than a hobby for me, it keeps me occupied, It gives me and my small family faith that we can achieve things that we couldn't achieve by working and getting a paycheck at the end of the month.
this is my story with LTC, and sorry for the long and boring post