Just a suggestion: don't skip +%life nodes. You'll probably get stuck with your build eventually (your first build always sucks except if you copied it, in which case you should feel bad ). But if you at least took some %life nodes then it'll take a little longer before you get stuck.
Some guides that could be added to the OP:
Looting guide: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/36975
I regret not reading it earlier, very useful knowledge!
Tips for new players : http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1199
Not that much information, but it can be helpful if you never played an ARPG.
Large mechanics thread: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/11707/page/1
Also a good read if you have some time on your hands. Some very useful information, especially how your level influences EXP gain and item droprate.
And gj op, your post is great.
Edited by Sisaroth - 2/16/13 at 7:19am