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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Contemplative Jenn is spinning the web of a new history

get published (read all 7 entries…)
Playing the field

I hypothesize that getting published is a lot like finding a mate. Not that I’ve spent much time in the unenviable position of having to mount an active search. I have been committed for as long as I can remember, and when I have not I have been far too happy being alone to go and foul my solitude by looking for company. But I digress. The process of getting one’s work into print, like finding a mate, involves playing the field, looking for the match between one’s work (or one’s self) and the right “home” (or that key “other”). Unless one is very lucky, or in the fates’ abnormally good graces, one must meet and vet any number of potential homes, mates, suitors, and meet failure or mismatch or rejection face to face, in order to ultimately find that match. Through the process, the journey, one learns various lessons, hones one’s criteria, and gets better at the process. In love as in publishing, one may need endure a good deal of heartache and failure to ultimately find success.

A wise new 43T friend imparted some wisdom this morning about the value of sharing one’s work with the world. I don’t think he meant sharing in a professionally sanctioned sense, like journals or zines, as much as in a larger, personal sense, but the lesson was not lost on me in terms of its application to this goal: our creative work cannot change the world, or even make a difference beyond one’s self, if it is not shared. I think I will heed his advice with regard to 43T or some other non-commercial realms, too. But to a similar end in my aspiring “professional” writing life, I plan on getting my work out there, sending out the work that is ready, and readying the work that is not. So as a subgoal to this one, I will send out one piece a month, for starters, with all the concommitant revision necessary to make that happen. This is a mildly frighterning prospect for me, so be forewarned, i may return in three or four months’ time with my head in my hands, bemoaning rejection, but hopefully embracing it as a means to a desired end. There is an addage: “It’s OK to fail; It’s not OK not to try.” Wish me luck.


Dave will be glad to get home Friday night

I'm working on it

Actually, this may be easier than you think. Just add time…

Contemplative Jenn is spinning the web of a new history

You are?

My hero! ;-)

Dave will be glad to get home Friday night

ok, so here it is.

I think this is really pretty easy. The key site from my research is Wordpress . You can either download the software like any other webpage builder and upload it yourself to your hosted website, or you can just sign up for space on the server, it seems.

I can’t see the downside to just signing up with wordpress, but since I already have my own domain, it just makes sense for me to use it for my blog.

That said, I’m not going to create the blog just yet. I need to come up with a name and a “business plan” for what I’m going to do. I have this double life, after all, in optics/lens design and writing/living/savingtheearth. Should I have two? Seems absurd, since we already have 43T. Then what to call the site?

Any ideas?

Contemplative Jenn is spinning the web of a new history

Lenses, and life

One of the ways I know you are a writer is by the way you see things, your writer’s vision. You, like most of us, see everything in your life through a lense that is based on your “Daveness” (to steal indriectly from Owen Wilson ;-)), which I suspect is, among other things, a combination of your writer self and your optical designer self. There must be some optics term or concept that gets at persepctive, or even distortion in some way. I think there could lie your answer, or at least a realm in which to begin your search.


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