Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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write a novel (read all 10 entries…)
new characters

my current writing situation has just become more confusing. the knowledge about my novel is out, and everyone wants to be a character in it. i do need a lot of characters, except that some of my friends and coworkers odn’t fit into what i want in my story. i do use some of their traits, but almost no one is 100% someone.

i have also been backlogged by homework (never take six academics second semester senior year), and as such my writing has fallen by the wayside. it seems the only way i can write is either during my math class or by going to work when i’m not working and just sitting for a couple of hours and writing (because there are less distractions).

i desperately need my own writing place, and i actually cleared off the floor of my closet in hopes of sticking a desk or something in there. i really just need some time to write (138 days until my personal goal expires)



Don’t let people pressure you into making them characters. I am working on a story at the moment that has characters who are loosely inspired by people I know, but I never told anyone that. Once the word gets out, everyone wants to be in it and that is never fun. Sometimes while I am out I will see someone wearing something or dressed a certain way and I will say, huh, I want to use that. So I will make a note of it, but I won’t directly rip the idea into the story. In the novel that I finished, I have a group of people and I know what their particualr look is, so when I see someone who looks that way, it kind of makes me smile, because that kind of fashion sense was what I was going for and knowing that I can identify a person who could be from that area in my novel (in theory but not reality) lets me know I did something right.

it’s more the fact that people know that i’m writing a novel, and not that i am using their traits. my friends are really supportive of my creative endeavors, and as such they want to be a part of it if/when i get published


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