I have been writing since my childhood. I used to write small articles and stories for the children's sections of magazines and newspapers. Then I got a prize for writing a small piece - it was a book and I still remember its name "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. I think it was this trigger for me to continue writing. With time my articles were published in well-known magazines and newspapers. For some time I was a stringer for a paper also.
This was before the Internet came along. Here I found that you can write almost on any subject and get published. And there were no constraints like in the print media where you were not sure if your work will be accepted. Of course, here also your articles are moderated and reviewed but I find that getting published on Internet and getting paid for it is easier and more rewarding as your work continues to earn you something once it has been published as on HubPages.