HubPages is definitely the writing site to be with. Forget all the SEO stuff, the fact that Google may have changed an algorithm to our disadvantage, etc. There is a catharsis when writing. This whole business is not unlike all of the artists who enjoyed their work and painted on. Years after their death, many may have paintings at auction at Sutheby's for millions. What does the painter care? Life is short, and if you like to write, the platform here is the easiest to use (I stand by that after wandering around), the Ad Programs is still the best, the staff supports its writers the best it can, the forums are great at helping with suggestions for improving writing, and the answers you get here are really pretty good. In short, HubPages makes writing articles easier than other sites by far.
Here is an example, with no malice intended. Go to InfoBarrel.com and sign up. Try writing an article with their platform. I guarantee that you will see a difference right away. Don't take me wrong, I like InfoBarrel, but I like HubPages the best.
Good luck to you in the new year.