Have you ever felt out of your depth, like a fraud, and just guessed/bullshitted your way through the situation, petrified that at any time, someone was going to call you on it? - Mike-Cannon Brookes
Approach them. Don’t underestimate the power of something as simple as sending a message. Ask for feedback. Some drift away, that’s fine, but ask them what they were there for and did they find what they were looking for? What is that they liked before about the community that isn’t fun anymore? What can be improved moving forward?
You can’t force people to be in a community but what you CAN do is offer value, and learn from your mistakes.
In 2018, I took a Udacity course in front-end web development and found the community managers to be stellar advocates who were really motivating. I was looking to break into tech, and got inspired and started applying for community-type jobs as a result. I landed my first gig at Khan Academy, where I led and managed volunteer groups for a year before moving onto Quora to oversee writer and power user programs, and am now doing the same at Retool. - Alina Din, Community Manager at Retool