Well, I've been a bee keeper for 1 year and 3 weeks. (Got my first nuc 5/21/2015).
I know about a million times more about bees now than I did when I started. And it's pretty obvious that I still don't know NUTHIN' about bees.
The good news is that I started with 1 nuc last spring and now I've got 8 queenright hives without buying any more bees.
The bad news is that I utterly failed to prevent them from swarming this spring and between the swarming and a terrible flow in this area I'll be lucky if I can even steal 5 lbs of honey from them this year and I'm going to have to feed them big time to get them through the rest of the year. sigh...
I really hadn't intended to have so many hives so soon and hadn't budgeted for so much woodenware this year. My wife is quite unhappy that I've spent so much on hardware for my new "hobby" and don't even have any honey to show for it. I guess I should try to find a buyer for 1 or 2 of the hives and use the proceeds to buy myself a big bucket of honey.
At least I didn't kill too many bees in my first year and the bees didn't make any serious attempts to kill me so I guess it's all good. Well, it's all good except for the cost and a pissed off wife.
At least Mann Lake loves me. Or at least they love my credit card.