I've been here for six years, and although there've been periods where I don't check Gaia very often, I've never actually gone into hiatus. The fact that new items are constantly being released, giving me more combinations to find, is a huge help to my constant returning. Hell, I have several big-ticket EIs that have poses I've always wanted to use, so occasionally, I'll plop down on Tektek and see what I can churn out. The fact that Gaia gets regular plot updates, now, and that has events (both major and mini), also keeps me coming back.
It also helps when I have someone to talk to about Gaia-related things, including references and items and avatars and such, as I do now. 3nodding
Hiatuses are the main answer for me. I take breaks when it comes to browsing Gaia.
Sometimes I'll sign on every day for a few months. Then I need a break & take a few months off.
By the time I come back, there are new items, new events and new discussions going on.
Thinking about all the things that await me for when I feel it's time to come back makes me excited.
It's a time for catching up with friends and enjoying all the new stuff.
I've been an on and off user for years. I have been more active recently by staying involved in forums, and becoming more invested in my avatar. I always pop in for the holiday events though for the most part to see what's going on and if any of the prizes interest me. smile Mostly it's the fun events that keep me around!