I'm an old goat who is new to active participation on the net, sort of. This is probably one of the best places to start. Someone like me, with plenty of print experience can feel right at home with the format. We used Quark in the old days.
The interactive, multi-media magazine format is the wave of the future, and we are already dropping in on it. The "community" setting is stimulating for the creative mind, experienced or not. You will not have a blockage for long around here. I have learned so much about networking, back-linking, SEO, generating traffic, etc. (here in one place) in 90 days, than I have in two years of putzing around on my own.
There is income potential, and many seem to have realized it. I don't have much traffic, because I have never even tried to get involved with any form of social media. This seems like a masquerade flea market to me. That notwithstanding, I can sense an opportunity. I am a freelance artist and writer. I need to make a living and work has become scarce. I can set up a blog, gallery site, and other places (like Facebook) and link there from here, No matter how far I go with my endeavors, I will probably always come here.
Besides, it is free!