The fact that there are new themes and events every year certainly helps. The focus of discussion fluctuates, new forums are created, there's a constant influx of new shiny items... We're pretty spoiled. I just like art, dressup games, and a little worldbuilding, and I'd say that Gaia's been providing me with that since I first found it. Even if I just show up for the yearly events, I'm still coming back and expressing interest, so they've done their job as writers and advertisers.
...Yeah, it's the worldbuilding. Not only are the new items cool shirts and whatever, but we get things like moon gods and Mephiste stuff all over the descriptions and backstory for them. No other avatar site does this.
▌■The GCD and my avatar keep me here~ also my friends C: it's an endless circle XD; I love playing with my avatar, I love getting new items to do so, and so I have to spend time in the site to make the gold to buy those~
I don't really "try" to stay interested, it just happens O: the fast pace of releases keep me pretty busy... however I keep thinking one day I'll have to leave for a while and that same pace will be my doom x ox; I tend to drop things quick if the "catch up" becomes overwhelming, it's what happened with the DC tittles uo u;■▐
Well, I have an art contest going on and I'm slowly adding more of my older possessions to it. I've actually decided that I may add 2003 items to it, but I'm checking if people would like that first in a poll. Maybe if I finally wean myself from all my pixels, I'll just slowly fade once the contest is finished, but who knows?
I actually took a hiatus recently because my offline life got rather chaotic. I joined in 2005 and really never stopped coming around till I got too busy for it. Since coming back this week, I'm just trying to catch up on story and recent events and see what's new. Feels really different after all this time. I think that's part of why people stay, it's always changing. They're always adding things to do and reasons to stick around. I'm also an avid follower of the plot, I have the last running G Corp guild there is. Most definitely gonna have an event thread when the time comes! <3
There are times when I don't visit Gaia for a few months. When I don't feel interested at the time, I just don't log on and then come back later when I'm interested again. Nowadays I tend to have breaks every once in a while but I still log on daily, just don't tend to hang around.
At the moment, I'm a regular addict. Could be the upcoming Halloween event? Gaia is the thing that made Halloween much more interesting for me wink (since we don't celebrate Halloween at all in my country)
Constant items being pooped out, the events help a LOT, especially when we've got events with teams. This last summer event.. well, sucked. But the teams, and their team spirits, made every second worth it. X3
Friends help make it worth it, I also like talking to new people, and have made a few new friends since posting more~ o A o