PROTIP: There are a lot of raging assholes outside of the Welcome Forum. Like TanuKyle mentioned earlier, checking out forums regarding topics that interest you is a good way to start.
You can also join one or more guilds based around your interests. Also be sure to check out the Charity/Quests subforum of the Exchange. There are Charity threads there that specialise in giving items to new/poor users.
Good luck and have fun! I hope you meet a lot of interesting people here! I sure have.
Hello fellow Gaians I am the Official Goddess of Pink. I am new to Gaia and so far I must say that I enjoy it so far. However, I wouldn't mind being able to make some friends on here and I am certain that there are many wonderful people on Gaia. Please feel free to check out my profile, comment, add etc. Thank you for your time.
Welcome to Gaia and I'm happy to hear your enjoying yourself