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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japanese choka (short poems before they shrunk to haikus)

yielding to a love
that recognizes no bounds,
i will go by night-
for the world will not censure
one who treads the path of dreams.

Less profitable
than writing on the waters
of a flowing stream-
such is the futility
of unrequited love.

If it had ended
before others knew of it,
then despite my grief
I might at least have declared,
“There was nothing between us.”

This very keepsake
is now a source of misery,
for were it not here
there might be fleeting moments
when I would not think of you.

It’s amazing how much can be said in 5 lines, and how beautiful those 5 lines can be.



Comments:

Have a cell phone? Want to read more?

Try this on your cell phone:

The Cellary Library

Read on the way to work, waiting at the grocery store—wherever and whenever you have a couple of minutes.

Catch up on your classics, already! They’re called classics because they are a sure bet for a great read.

Oh, they are taking submissions from new writers too.

Ciao.

P.S. You can see the site on a PC, but it’s made for cell phones.


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