Yesterday, The Robot’s Voice, née Topless Robot, was shuttered. Having a website you started and worked on constantly for five years go kaput on the same day you finally get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very definition of “bittersweet” (to me, at least).

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I’m genuinely sad, of course. I also have a weird, blogger’s version of survivors guilt, that I’m still here when TR is no more. I’m worried about when the site will actually be deleted, and upset that five full years of my professional life will be deleted with it. I hadn’t really thought about how ephemeral this sort of work really was before, and it’s disconcerting to say the least.

That said, I’m happy it existed. I’m happy it made it so long, and I’m happy about the work I did there, I’m grateful for the opportunities it gave me, for the great people I met—Chris Cummins, all the writers, and all my beloved Topless Roboteers. For the nonsense I posted (and typos I made), I’m most proud of the community that was built there and that will continue on.

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Also, my best wishes and condolences to Luke Lyt Thompson, who has nothing to feel bad for. I’m nothing but grateful to you for keeping it going for so long.

Anyways, I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts later. I’m still kind of processing. Thank you all, and may whose responsible this be with all of you.


Contact the author at rob@io9.com.