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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Fit all my books back on the shelves (read all 10 entries…)

My book situation isn’t getting any worse, but it isn’t getting any better, either. I have stopped all BookCrossing games where I end up getting books, but people keep offering me RABCKs (random acts of bookcrossing kindness = free books!) that I can’t turn down!

I am now 13 books behind on the “2 books going out for every new one coming in” plan. But I guess I can’t complain if the universe is conspiring to shower me with blessings in the form of free books that I have been wishing for for a long time!


Solution for additional books...

I’m unfamiliar with bookcrossing, though I’ve heard many mention it. Could you pick what you wanted, and then be able to give books as presents to others? Just an idea. I always enjoy getting a good book as a gift. Good luck! :)

Of course I can give them away...

... I’ve just got to read them first! (Because I want to, and because my sense of BookCrossing ethics requires me to. Somebody paid good money to mail it to me, and the least I can do is read some of it and report what I thought!)

So it’s taking a while. But they’re all good books and I love reading, so it’s not really bumming me out.

P.S. I recently finished Lolita. Anybody want it? Also the book I’m reading now, Monkey Beach, is available once I’ve finished it.

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