To give you a little bit of gamer history...
I started playing BW about 2006/2007. I wasn't good at all, D+ at best on iccup. I watched vod's though and enjoyed playing and enjoyed of course TL.Net. I would play for a few months, give up, play for a few months.
So then of course SC2 hits the stores here in UK. I got it the day it came out, funnily enough it seems that I was the only one in the shopping mall interested. I don't think they had great sales of it here and there was no waiting lines.
I played the 50 practice games, winning many, then went on to play my placement matches. I won all 5 and went straight into platinum. Mainly because I used hotkeys, had apm above 100 and had a few build orders down. From there well I got into diamond very quickly after a few games and finally just now I reached 2000 rating. I played about 20 games yesterday, and 4 games so far today.
Really I think a huge part of my progress has been as always the Day 9 daily. I began watching them shortly after getting my copy of SC2. I learned and continue to learn much. So big shout out to you Sean Plott if you happen to stumble upon my blog.
Finally where do I go from here? I think I do have the ability to mass game if I wanted to and improve. I regularly defeat players with higher rating like 2200-2400 on diamond. I don't know if I want to though since I want to focus more on my studies. I didn't really strive to hit a rating, it just sort of happened as I got better with practice.
I still suck at this game on many levels but I suppose I'm quite happy I reached this rating today. Thanks for reading!