First of all "Welcome to Hub Pages"...It took me several months to get my first accolade. Depends on how much time you have to put into this, and the quality of your writing. You will receive a notification by email that you have received an accolade when you get one, (depends on your account settings if you want hub pages to contact you). Example: When you answer questions and chosen to have the "Best Answer", you will receive an accolade after 10 times. If you have good answers, this may be easier than writing your first 10 hubs.