So, there's mining asteroid belts, gas clouds, ice belts, and mining moons. Here is where we talk for a moment about mining planets. In Eve, this is referred to as Planetary Interaction or PI (pee-eye). Unlike other types of mining, this one is just set up and tend to once a week. It's easy, but with each type of mining, this yields a different set of products that are necessary to build Tech 2 ships, drones, modules, fuel blocks, and a myriad of other items in game.
For the purposes of Cripple Creek, most of this is going to be to create fuel blocks to keep our stations running. It requires a fair bit each month and is incumbent upon each member to produce his or her share. While I could draw a bunch of pictures, I'd like to start you out with 4 instructional videos from CCP. These are quick, but will give you the basics of how to set up a planet to pull materials off. From there, we will expand into what you can do to maximize your efforts in production.
Each video is maybe 3 minutes, so even the most ADD of us should manage through it.
Now, from a production standpoint, I've found a few things to be true.
a) Extracting the raw materials and turning them into a Basic Commodity (P1 Product) on the same planet is a MUST. Raw materials are huge and there's just no reason to eat another planets resources to produce the P1 material.
b) Using a "factory planet" to produce P2-P4 products makes life much simpler once it's set up. Notes can be very important in complex setups to remember where you deposit the materials into storage facilities and the launchpad(s).
c) Skills are key here. I'll post a skill plan to help maximize your PI without eating all of your time.