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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Julie Rex Feels terrible for ignoring 43Things! D:

stop pushing my friends away (read all 5 entries…)
I've just noticed this lately...

But I am constantly just shoving people away right when they get close. I find this kind of ironic, because I also do the exact opposite.
1. I push people away when they get too close, because I’m paranoid that they will hurt me.

2. I only see the good in people and let them get close enough to hurt me before I even see the bad.

How the hell do I do both!? But I do. And it’s funny, I push my RL friends away. And I let my internet friends hurt me. Just the fact that my internet friends CAN hurt me makes me feel pathetic. The fact that I HAVE internet friends makes me feel pathetic…

I need to start trusting the people around me more, and share more with them. I can’t think of one of my RL friends that knows the real me, through and through. (Excluding Sarah, considering she is both an RL friend AND an internet friend). I don’t know what I am so afraid of, what is the worst they can do? Judge me? Aren’t I the one who takes pride in the fact that I don’t CARE what they think of me? Or is that all just a hoax?
...To an extent, it is. I don’t care what people I don’t know think of me, but my close friends… I care deeply what they think.

I find myself taking small steps to open up to my RL friends. For ex: Configuring my 43Things with my Facebook. Having some of my internet friends on my Facebook. Talking about some of my internet friends in front of my RL friends.
But I haven’t made the big leap, to closing the gap between the two.

For this goal, I want to sort of merge both of my habits together, and just have it be said for ALL of my friends. RL and internet.


wvboarder is Pondering the mysteries of Dr. Who-New&Old!


I do that too. Down to the letter. Ive never put it in words but if I did I think itd be pretty dang close to all that lol. Its gotten bad enough that if I get an e-mail from an old real friend I usually dont want to open it because im sure itll be about how their ticked off that I havent talked to them in awhile or something…....good goal tho!


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