I have been running an incognito node for a month now and wanted to share my earnings report and experience with the community. I know that there was not a lot of information available regarding potential earnings for node operators and that was one of the main reasons I initially hesitated to purchase one. Hopefully this post can help people who might be on the fence about investing in one.
After unboxing my node and setting it up it took about 2 weeks to actually start earning any rewards. During this time I experienced a few infrequent moments where my node disconnected from my internet and I had to power cycle it to get it back up and running. I was worried that I might be having an issue with my node but then 2 weeks and a day after setting it up I got my first earnings of 8.0049 PRV. I was excited when I actually saw my earnings sitting there on my node account and quickly withdrew my earnings to my pStake balance. Only 3 days later I received my second deposit of 11.4878 PRV. I checked back daily for the next week or so but did not get any more PRV. I Thought I would end the month here, but just today I received my third deposit of 11.4659 PRV. Leaving me with a total monthly earnings for my first month of 30.9586 PRV.
My takeaways from this month are that the PRV rewards are not mined on a fixed schedule. I know the community is starting to ramp up and the amount of miners is growing. This is great news for network stability but it makes mining a bit more inconsistent. Overall I am very happy with my monthly earnings. I estimate the miner has cost a total of $2 in electricity (Seriously. I didn’t notice any effect on my energy bill). I suspect that the lack of earnings the first two weeks was more due to syncing the node with the blockchain, or something else technical that I don’t understand because everyone I have talked to has also received their first deposits after 2 weeks of setting up their miners. I can’t wait to see what month 2 brings me and I will definitely update this thread to keep the community informed.