ok so, say, i wanna level mining to 50, how much ores would i get? do you guys think that the amount of ores i mined would be sufficient to bring my smithing and/or goldsmithing to a respectable level?
You should be able to level the smithing crafts just fine if you're mining. I went from 20 to 30 on both blacksmith and armorsmith with about 15 stacks of iron ore and 3 stacks of bomb ash and the same with goldsmith with the 10 stacks of silver ore and raw stones. All but 6 stacks of iron ore i got while I was just grinding out levels on mining. You will have to go on gathering runs from time to time but so far for me it hasn't been bad.