After the panda update i don't have any heart top write hubs i write them brokenheartedly but hub pages have given me so mush knowledge so em never gonna leave it .even if google place it in 100th page :P
I guess starting your own blog is the best alternative if you can do that
u can read this blog as a start up i just started this after the panda attack ..but em still writing on hubpages and plan to continue writing..but if you are looking for alternatives then i would suggest you to select your own niche and start your own blog for free dnt spend any money...Other hubpage like site...ummm. i guess ehow and ezine articles are hit less so you can give them a try if you dont want to start your own blog...
but stick to hp as well
Happy hubbing :)