One of the things that helps me with writing here at Hubpages is the feedback from the community and the scoring. I can see how influential (or not) my hubs are, how people respond to my writing style and ultimately whether I'm providing good content that people want to read and share. And the Hubpages community is super-responsive, so it's rare that I ever write a hub that doesn't get some kind of feedback or notoriety.
I also stay positive by remembering that Hubpages caters to all kinds of interests all around the world, so there is bound to be someone else interested in what I have to say. Again, the community is so huge and responsive that it's very rare to have a hub that doesn't attract any attention at all. Even if I only have one follower, I'm happy that my content is being read and that I've had the chance to reach out to at least one person. That kind of feedback is something I've never gotten on any other portal!