I recently did a bit of math and thought I’d share the results here. I’ve been cider brewing for well over a year now. 572 days to be precise. I purchased my Ubergoat on March 20th, 2015 at which time I had approximately 22,000 echoes worth of items in reserve if you count the goat. As of today I have 125,317.53 echoes including those reserved items. This means I’ve earned around 103,217.53 echoes since purchasing my goat with an average income of about 180 echoes per day.
Now it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean at the end of each day I was 180 echoes richer. This includes weekly profession rewards, Trade Secrets trade ins, and all manner of other occasional income influxes. I also wasn’t on a serious dedicated grind the whole time. I achieved the maximum reward last Hallowmas, last Sackmas I achieved a Noman Tattoo at the cost of 30 pails of so-called-snow and 2 tears of the bazaar, I achieved the maximum profession level during the election, and got all the new items in the latest Fruit of the Zee festival. I’ve also achieved the first 3 Seeking candles and been an Exceptional Friend since they started the Exceptional Stories and played the story each month.
Since I know I’m going to get the question, my grinding method has changed several times. At the start I was doing the Affairs of the Box, which is profitable but annoying because of all the scrolling and the occasional misclick turning you into a turn coat. I used it to get my goats but eventually dropped it for the Fidgeting Writer which is where I probably spent most of my time on this grind. The RNG hates me so it’s definitely been less profitable than the AotB but it maintains my notability organically and you get to shake things up as you shift between collecting and converting items. I used batches of 100 so that I wasn’t spending such long stretches of time stuck on the earlier steps. Somewhere in there I governed Port Carnelian although I don’t know how successful I was at optimizing the profits. More recently I traded in my pocket watch and switched to Spirifage which is fantastically profitable (I now have about a goat’s worth of brass). These days I alternate between spirifage and the fidgiting writer. Through this whole thing I’ve been taken as much advantage as possible of high value opportunity cards. I particularly like collecting dock’s favors and using them to fund expeditions to the Shrine of the Deep Blue Heavens which has a really high average profit these days if you can 100% the 3 progress check.
If you’re on a long grind, or thinking about starting one, my advice is generally not to worry about being 100% optimal. You’ll just burn out. Switch things up. Take breaks. Start an alt to explore story paths you haven’t seen. Whatever you need to do to keep your interest. Because it’s not about being as profitable as possible. Any descent regular income will get you there eventually. You only fail if you give up.