Erin, Where do you live in Maryland? I live in Garrett County, the westernmost county in the state. I might be able to meet you sometime. I have just started on hubpages--I mean JUST started, as I only have 3 published hubs. So I don't know if I could be much help to you.
One real challenge I am facing is that I tend to be an auditory learner, and everything I have learned about SEO, I have learned visually. It would really help me a lot to actually talk to someone.
I live on the line between Washington County Maryland and Frederick County Maryland. I really don't understand SEO, but what I am interested in is getting views on what topics readers would be more likely to enjoy.