Im in the same boat here! I'd chat with you! I started skating by just figuring out how to stand on a skateboard. Of course, I look back now and I see how I was set up on a board that was way too small for me, so it was very difficult to learn. It took me about 3 months to teach myself how to backside kick turn, about 3 weeks to learn how to pump, and I only practiced on a 5 ft tall halfpipe. I practiced about once or twice a month for a year until I moved to somewhere that had a skatepark.
Just last summer I built a miniramp in my backyard. It's been tough trying to figure out how to skate, all on my own. I finally figured out how to kickturn Frontside last november! And I have 3 different variations of how to FS kickturn, sheech!
I taught myself rock to fakie and fakie rock recently, and I'm working on my rock and roll. I'm still working on getting an axle stall, but my slashes (5-0s as the youngins call them) are solid FS and BS when I kickturn, so I guess a stall should be coming up shortly if I can just punch up my pump up the transition!
Domenica, what's your story on miniramp skating, and how long have you been skating?