So far, I like whs's story the best... I should call HP and thank them for bringing whs to us =) Or maybe they should give me a free laptop for doing their job for them. Hmmmm
I created the site because I was really frustrated with all the other how-to sites out there. Even Microsoft's site has only instructions with words, so it makes the instructions difficult to follow along. I thought... why couldn't there be a site that was more like a book, and easier to follow? I started thinking of names for the site, and then was so shocked that howtogeek.com was available that I registered it on the spot. Within about 3 hours the site was up and running, and within about 4 days I was already getting visitors.
It wasn't until I stopped worrying about how many visitors I was getting and focused solely on writing good content that the site started to boom... about a year ago, I think.
The biggest problem is trying to make yourself write articles on a regular basis. It's just really, really tough.