HP is for EVERYONE!!
Specially for newbie, and planning to start blog. STOP thinking to go the self hosted blog. I can give you many reasons why, actually write a hub on it. Long topic short, here is few reasons why this is perfect for New Writers:-
-There is no Set-up cost. Means nothing to loose.
-For newbie it is great place to start because it is fairly easy to get started.
-No coding required if you are new to this.
-You learn to write while you earn. And remember if your post is great, your hub is a living money making machine.
-Do you know Hubpages is a good friend of Google?
-HP is a great community, and many people are ready to help here.
-Great Support by HP Team.