Yes, writing at the hub creates an ever-expanding circle. I wrote my first piece and BobbiRant was my first link by reading, commenting and then following. She taught me how it's done, which provided me with the excitement of my first reader, which I reciprocated and the circle continues to grow. The commenters are a dynamic, diverse group of writers that are a continual source of inspiration, encouragement and support. Prior to hubpages, I only wrote Letters to the Editor at the STL Post-Dispatch. It was a thrill to be published, but the feedback tended to be more vitriolic, as the topics were usually political. The best compliment I received from those endeavors where from the local representative for the Hillsboro, MO district where I lived, who surprised me with a beautiful, handwritten thank you of appreciation for my published letter on her official stationery. Hubpage writers are very consistent, kind, generous and effusive with their words of encouragement. Everytime I publish a piece at the hub, I feel like a kid at Christmas.
I write far more often now than ever before becoming an active writer at the hub. I have accummulated better skills and confidence through the support of the many writers I now call friends.