Having been mining now with Asics since last october, I can tell you this for sure, difficulty will go up. The problem for all of us now, and Steve touches on this in one of his latest posts, many need to sell coin to pay for elec, we re subsidizing, but man, my Dad gets mad about it sometimes haha.
The innosilicon miners are suggesting they will use 640 watts or something, so at least the elec is more manageable. With 50kSols, you could solo mine more often too, something to consider, my friend does PPLNS for EC and sometimes he goes days without making anything, ( I think its PPLNS ), but when it does hit, he sometimes made 5 EC a day, its a crapshoot. Innosilicon seems to still be offering these guys for 10k, I just dont think thats a good deal, you could buy 5 Z9 mini for 4k albeit at a 900 watt increase in elec consumption. I managed to get a Siaminer from bitmain in the second batch, and was making $10+ dollars a day, but look at it now ( the 4.3TH S11 miner did not help hah, nor will the obelisk miners when they get them out). I stopped running it anyway. O well, I think when this market returns, there will be an opportunity to unload the miners to ebay, or run them again and sell coins for elec when necessary.
Even considering all this, sometimes I think, hmm point that guy here, get paid out in some coins for long term growth ( 18-36 months) and forget about it. Right now I m trying to get a 100 bucks in what I think are potentially good long term coins for growth, its a ton of information to digest, and crap can happen that nobody can plan for, but I feel like they re lottery tickets in some sense. On top of that, I do think many cryptos are still looking for problems to solve, kind of like the laser when it was invented. Bitcoin can seriously curtail international fees and large purchases, but that kind of thing was never my problem, not having enough money for my family is haha. In any event, thats what I look for in coins now, they need to solve some problems, and this will facilitate adoption going forward. There may not yet be a coin that does this yet universally. I digress, good luck if you pull the trigger