It's not actually that difficult. You can just jump into those Avatar / Signature threads and rep people for their work, sometimes I also rep people's post that were fun to read or were informative. Before long, you'll be back to square one
I see manga-ka as your occupation in your profile so I ask. Well, if you ever write novel or draw manga, please let me know so I can pirate read it (dont ask me how ) assuming it is in english of course or hopefully my Japanese will be proficient enough by then.
I've been creating manga stories since 2003, but it was only recently when I decided to draw them out. That is still to be decided though. You might have noticed my "About Me" page which has the first drawing I did since my right hand got damaged last year. I have 2 manga projects that I want to bring out (one at a time of course), but if my hand is unable to deal with the stress, I may end up doing a novel instead.