I like being transparent with total strangers. HubPages is a community of strangers getting to know one another through their love of words.
Obviously, though, when I began writing here I did not look at it that way - I just wanted to share my work and get feedback to determine whether I am a credible writer. I've written a novel that has been difficult to pitch and snag an agent with. I thought that seeing how people respond to my style would help me to identify what sort of marketability my novel would have by my HubPages' works and their popularity. However, it is unfair for me to think that way since publishers do everything they can to ensure that books do well enough to justify publication.
I'm pretty sure that I am an acquired taste, so I don't worry much about what I set out to determine any more. I just enjoy reading and writing here now, and seeing what modern man is thinking about... or if modern man thinks much at all.
I have ideas that I feel need to be placed where they can eventually or immediately be stumbled upon. I am a visual artist, so I know that my observations are quite different from traditions and conventions which still seem to hold sway either here, or there depending. I study the Bible a great deal, for instance, and I focus on doing so independent of authorities to see if my conclusions are similar to ordained men and women, or PhD level theologians. To me, a great way of determining veracity of something is to compare it with others' findings. What pairs well is probably most likely to be the case... so I write in this fashion often enough because I sense some interesting things. Sharing thoughts on matters of faith is of paramount importance to and for all.
Ultimately, I am here because the world out there is getting old the newer it gets. Quite frankly, chicken little was onto something... Here to see who else knows that.