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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a work in progress needs to either let 43 things go or get back into it

Write a list of 43T from my childhood that are truly Canadian and make sure my children get to do the same (read all 2 entries…)
Ice Skating

I remember the little colored tag I laced through my ice skates when winter came calling and there was a outdoor skating rink within walking distance at the local community centre. I wasn’t much of an ice skater; never learned the proper turning or stopping skills and could only ever skate forwards. But I loved it anyway. The crisp chill in the air on the days when it wasn’t unbearably cold, the outdoor speakers playing the hits of the 80’s, buying hot chocolate inside the community centre. Sometimes going in the early evening when it was dark enough for the outside lights to be on, but not too dark for me to be out. Usually I went by myself but sometimes I took my little brother with me. I remember one time, now this is a little embarrasing, I was being harrassed by some kids at the rink and I’ve always been a little timid so my little brother defended me! I will have to remember to ask him if he remembers this.


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