I still feel that we somehow managed to pull something great out of the abyss, even though it took a toll on all of us (and taught us all a lot about honing our crafts).
Although since I started attending Comiket I feel a little more attached to the group than I did at the time of the release. I guess that's just me though.
I don't really use the forums (apart from a few threads that I follow - like this one), but I know that there are still a few pockets of fans where I kick around, like the subreddit, a couple of facebook pages and Twitter.
It would be great to have an active fanbase of thousands, but then again it's hard enough to manage the few people that are still around today without feeling like I'm not doing enough to engage with people.