At the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco today, Gaia CEO Mike Sego (pictured) introduced attendees to Gaia Online, a popular community and social game site.

Here’s more about the site: “Founded in 2003, Gaia Online has grown into one of the biggest forum communities in the world. Today, Gaia is the best place on the web to discuss anime, games, comics, sci-fi, fantasy and anything else you can imagine. Plus, there are tons of other free features to keep Gaia members permanently amused.”

Below, we’ve collected five ways young writers can explore this community site where users operate digital avatars.

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