My reading has been really great as of late. After learning the ひらがな, learning the カタカナ and getting it to stick was a breeze.
I’ve started doing my RTK on a more regular basis – but I’m still a bit uncertain about the pace. The first several lessons seem to be sticking in about a day of reading and a day of review. I suppose we’ll just have to trust Anki in this regard to let me know what I know and what I don’t.
It seems that the secret to learning にほんご is in the repetition and the regularity. It’s not the sort of language that you can “casually” learn. But – it does seem to be a momentum based language. If you can get over the inertial barriers (kanji, kana, grammar) then the rest seems if not easy, certainly less daunting.