Hello amurbach, I suppose you might say I have never really become serious about HubPages as a means of earning money.
It is nice to earn a residual income, don't get me wrong, but it is not my only source of income. I have a couple of part time jobs and so look on this as a cash paying hobby.
I define it as a hobby not as a means of deprecation.but because though I might spend several hours a week writing a hub or answering questions, much the greater part of HubPages for me is the social aspect, reading questions such as this, answering, commenting on hubs, following people who I have come to look forward to reading and telling them how much I enjoy their hubs.
It is also fun learning and sharing new things. Maybe I may become serious one day, but after twenty one months, I still love the parts of the day I come to HubPages.
Thanks for asking this question.