I write because I write....it's what I DO. I have a very healthy, active muse and as with all writers, I was blessed with this gift. I can't imagine wasting a gift...especially one I so love!
Writing for HP just happens to be a side Hustle for a bit of mad money. I see that as a small bonus to indulging in one of my passions.
As Christin has mentioned. To make REAL money in freelance is no small task and certainly won't be accomplished by writing on just ONE site. Perhaps there are very few who started here 6 or 7 years ago and have really soared to high levels. But it would be just a few.
I wrote for years before HP and would continue to...as long as I'm breathing.........Just before joining HP, I wrote a monthly column in a local magazine for 4 years. It was nice, but didn't satisfy my desire to reach further.