Pan: One player has decided to quit - him I knew through a mutual friend and board game nights. The others have all seen my recruitment threads and asked if I had open slots. I have only gamed with them (besides the guy leaving) a few times.
DM Cal: as always, thanks for the vote of confidence. I too try to keep up w/everyone via email and should use even more social media.
I mentioned a former player that moved away upthread. When he lived here he and I would carpool, we'd chat about stuff in and out of the games. I asked him about all this and his response was a fresh take on my game, a new perspective.
That's part and parcel to what I'm talking about. When I used to hang out w/my gaming buddies more often they'd suggest stuff like that. I love it when I can ask a friend "Is my game getting stale?" and he answers me honestly "maybe a little, but what if you tried something like this..." and we bounce some ideas around.
In my opinion I lack feedback and connection to my players. As a result there's no real connection to game.