Yay, I'm winning! Well, sort of....
Won my first three rated games. Unfortunately I won two of them on time because my friend took more than 2 or 3 days to move for various reasons. Checkmated someone else in 10 moves but that player seems to be very new to the game.
It was recommended to me to play no more than 20 rated games at a time with a move time of 3 or 4 days. I think I probably need to just get more games going in parallel. Right now my rating on here is probably quite inflated so I'm kind of eager to figure out what it really is so that I can challenge people at the same level.
Someone is being nice enough to give me some personal lessons for free but I don't want to say who it is because I don't want anyone harassing them for free lessons.