Because I love this place. It's that simple. If I didn't love it, I wouldn't be here.
I love the forums. I love RPing. I love the art. I love the people I meet here (a few of them, literally---married one, have been IRL friends with others both online and off for several years). I tried a few other avatar-based forums and they just aren't as awesome as Gaia.
I'm in a Gaia slump at the moment, but what mainly keeps me here are the RIGs, which are way too fun for my own good, and the artists. Other than deviantart I haven't been able to find an online community with artists as great as the ones on Gaia.
I think a large part of the reason is that it has become a habit. Other than that, then I have some really great friends here that I don't intend on leaving behind, but there are of course other ways to stay in touch than Gaia x]
Of course it helps that there are new items on a regular basis and there's a good community, but a large part really is habit x]
I've been here far too long to leave it now. I don't have much of a claim for myself in the forums cause I'm more of a lurker but I've been here for nearly 7 years now. I used to rp quite a bit but all my friends I made on here are long gone, I'm the only one left.
...because I want to grow old with Gaia. Being a loyal member of this fun community became a usual hobby to me. I usually log on to see updates. (And in my 4th year here, I haven't made good friends here yet, which is awkward. Lol.)
Lol that's impossible for me. I made good friends on Gaia within a week of starting back in 2007. But I lost touch with all of them. So I don't really have friends on here anymore, excluding my friends on here that I know in real life.
I grew up on the site, pretty much. I think it would be kind of weird for me to not be on Gaia.
Me too! I was about 12 or 13 years old when I joined and now I'm 19. My bestfriend tells me I should quit once I have kids so I'm not on here with them. lol I can't really imagine quitting. emotion_eyebrow
Because I love this spite. Despite it's glitches and some undesirable users, there's a lot to do and enjoy. The games, the forums, dressing up my avi, the events. It's just too much to walk away from. whee