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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websaresticky is disappointed she hasn't accomplished many things in her absence.

be a better conversationalist
impossible.

something tells me this is going to be one incredibly impossible goal.

not only do i not have a life, but the people who are involved in what i call “my life”, are starting to get on my nerves after a few days.

i guess the real goal is “become a better conversationalist.” I cant create a conversation on a whim to save my life.

(PICTURE: ...this has nothing to do with the entry… i just like this picture. its of water droplets. i didn’t know what to put as a picture to represent this entry. :\ )



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websaresticky is disappointed she hasn't accomplished many things in her absence.

lol, nah, not really, it’s worsened if anything. Sad! I’m a decent conversationalist when the ball gets rolling, but it’s that dead silence at first and my inability to find a suitable topic that doesn’t involve the weather that’s the main problem. They say to talk about things the other person likes, and i’m trying that, but sometimes (read most of the time) i draw blanks. thanks for the tips though!

thefabmadamem Spring is almost here! Time to reinvent the year.

Aw, you're probably fine!

After all, it takes two people to make a conversation; it’s probably the other person dropping the ball.

BTW, the weather is still a great (if cliche) ice breaker, because we’ve got weather everywhere, and there’s not a dang thing anyone can do about it except talk, talk, talk. LOL! And it can lead into great conversations about gardens, global warming, outdoor hobbies, etc.

(: But I completely understand about drawing blanks. I was sitting with a group of fifth graders the other day (I travel to schools to give talks), and they completely froze me out. LOL! I was feeling miserable - can’t even talk to 10-year-olds! But, now I’m thinking, hey, it’s probably not me, it’s probably the fact that those kids just didn’t know how to deal with an old woman at their lunch table (-:. So, it’s OK. It’s only one convo, and I knocked the eight-year-olds dead at my next lunch hour, LOL!


 

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