When I joined the site in the summer of 2006, HubPages was still in beta test mode. There were no forums, no answer section, there was no way to contact any of the other users and about half the capsules that exist now didn't exist then.
I published my first Hub that first day. I mean, it's not like there was anything else you could do. It was either "do... or do not."
I had been publishing on Squidoo, which had just gone public a few months earlier that same year, and heard this was similar but totally different. And I had a dream of not having to have a day job.