My first year was amazing! People read my Hubs, they commented sincerely and they motivated me to go on.
I found my niche topics quite soon and I've met the most wonderful people here.
If money would be the main goal for writing I would have left long ago. I didn't really buy the 'easyness' of earning money with quality content.
With the huge drop in traffic for lot's of Successstories here on Hubpages, I get confirmed that this is all business as usual. Life is tough, online and offline.
I make an interesting 2 dollars a month but I've just been read over 10.000 times! That to me is so much more valuable than the money I could make.
I even think it's wiser to spend time in creating your own novel, aim for a best seller and make money the way all writers would like to in the end.
Seeing your own book in the bookstores must be a thrill! Until then I'll keep on Hubbing, learning and enjoying my time here:-)