The best way to do that is just convince yourself that there's no need to be shy on the internet.
There is your answer.
I started out by answering a lot of questions, and by joining a few groups and writing stories. I let people on EP get to know me first. I waited a long time before I started asking questions because I didn't what to repeat what had been asked a thousand times before. You need to have something in your profile before most people will add you. Good luck and welcome to EP!
On here it's easy write post join groups comment answer questions just relax and be yourself and you well find yourself a social butterfly i no time
the easiest way i have found was social interaction with people in the world and finding common ground and interest, having something to discuss always helps or debate about, gotta work up the courage and break the ice on your own though, as shy as you might be it could read as stand offish to others,
Like everything else it takes time.
Add people randomly. Especially those with small friends list.
Dude, its as bitter as it gets, but you gotta realize this, Internet forums are for loners who come here in hope of quenching their thirst of social need, but they end being being more lonely than ever. YOU WON"T GET ANY FRIENDS HERE, JUST SOME LONERS WHO WOULD GIVE YOU A BIT OF SATISFACTION BY BEING YOUR VIRTUAL FRIENDS IN SOME VIRTUAL FRIEND LIST
You are a bitter person. I wish the best for you. :)
Check profiles for age appropiate peeps, answer their q's email them. Really it's easy when you get the hang of it.
Join groups, write stories and/or confessions, ask and answer questions. People who share your perspective will find you and friend you. :)