I honestly cannot remember what made me create a Second Life account, but I can still remember my first day in SL, back in 2007. I should add that I have been playing computer games since the heady days of swapping cracked Commodore 64-games on hole-punched 5 1/2 inch floppy discs at school and playing The Castles of Dr. Creep for hours on end, by now graduating to things like the Jedi Knight series, while also being active in chat rooms such as OTF. Second Life seemed like a fun game at the time, offering the best of both worlds.
Anyway, my first day in SL, after choosing my name (I was drinking Ginger tea and listening to Shostakovich, I kid you not!), I appeared on an orientation place. I duckwalked around. I clicked on everything. I found out how to fly, and promptly crashed into various buildings and cursing. Where am I? What do I do? Where he heck am I going? Why is there a skyscraper? *splat*
Then there was a teleport into the wide open world, and I was told to use the search function to find interesting things.
I searched for "books" and and found Book Island, where someone was holding a class about creative writing. in voice. I was made welcome, sat down, joined in, and was hooked.