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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lovingeveryminute reclaiming my writing nest!

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A General Summary Interview

On the way up to this writers’ retreat, where I am right now (taking a break because the quietness of 30 people typing is putting me to sleep), my friend summarized a book she’s working on. Her entire rough draft is done, so she obviously knew where her characters were going, and she did disclose her ending, which is awesome, but it really got me thinking:

I need to get a summary going! I need to have a plan in front of my face. So far, I’ve been writing what really is good fiction by picking up my pen or opening my computer and saying to myself, “OK, go!”, but sometimes that doesn’t take me as far as I’d like. It certainly doesn’t “go!” very swiftly.

So after I worked on my book for a while this afternoon, I started summarizing by asking myself questions. I type the question and then answer it as if I was being interviewed by a book reviewer. It’s fun and I am feeling more cohesive already!


Josiphine "If the birds were mine, I'd tell you what I'd do..."

Go you! I do the same thing, :)


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