I was told about this site a year ago by an acquaintence who knew I loved to write. We met at a library where he found out I was submitting work to Writers Digest and other places. Thinking I was that serious he suggested it to me, however, I never followed up until May of this year. By that time, I was tired of never getting any feedback. My first hub was posted on Mothers Day. I fell in LOVE and I'm afraid I'm 'addicted'. Now I ask, "What took me so long?"
I had no idea, initially, about 'earning money'. For me that's a secondary (I know-so unAmerican) outcome. I love that I have a 'home' for my work; that there is an instant feedback system, (am open to all feedback, BTW, the good, the bad and the ugly. Am always interested in receiving critique for improvement); that the 'community' is so supportive; and that I am meeting people from ALL OVER THE WORLD with a common interest! You (fellow hubbers) ROCK. :)
I have not experienced any other writing sites, because I am so satisfied here and have all I can do to keep up with writing on a regular basis, participate in a few challenges, and support other writers with comments. However, a side plus is how much I am learning to maneuver my way through the ins and outs of what hubpages offers. It seems there is always something new to delight in!
I recently emailed the friend who turned me onto this site and thanked him. ---With much Gratitude--DH