After my absence for 4 years, and my return to Gaia, I see all of the new transformations and changes here and there, and realize there's not that big of a change here.
Back when I first joined, I was a beginner and would work hard at the forums, posting and posting to earn what little gold I could earn. I went under a name that nobody would recognize, and I was still found out by my friends.
Now, a full-fledged open-minded otaku, I have returned to see how vast the community has grown and am willing to join the ranks of Gaia citizens.
The only notable change I found while exploring Gaia, was the facebook link. I made my facebook account the same year I made my Gaia Online account. If I were to keep track of all the changes for both, I'd be dead for sure.
But then again, what other reason did I have to continue my exploits and adventures?