I came to hub pages to expand my portfolio as a writer, I write in several other areas and this is an additional way to broaden my base and audience while doing what I love.
The prize is meeting others who have a passion for writing and "expressing their souls emotions through words" and sometimes even just telling our stories.
I did not actually come here to create income although that is a possibility as one becomes more familiar with the HP system and marketing your profile and hubs. I am actually more accustomed to marketing on the web and learning to work within the framework of HP was not even on my radar. I presume the marketing skills learned here will prove to be invaluable anywhere on the web.
Soak it all up, learn from everyone, and write until you've had enough; if you are like me, I don't think that day will ever come!!!! Blessings::)