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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take one photograph each day as a way to document my life. (read all 2 entries…)
I looked through

a lot of the entries for this goal… for some reason I just keep thinking about how awesome it will be to look back over a year’s worth of pictures and see the evolution of my life. I just have to remember to try to take meaningful pictures each day (even if it’s a small meaning).

Think how neat it would be to make a book of these pictures once I’m done: one page for each picture/day, plus a description, meaning, feeling, etc that I will have ::HOPEFULLY!!:: recorded each day to go along with the picture.

Sounds time consuming!!!!!!!! I hereby devote 5 minutes of each day to scribbling down some semblance of a description for each day’s picture. Hopefully I’ll be able to put the picture on my computer each day, too, but I know I won’t be near my computer every single day for the next year, so writing something down is the least I can do. Talk about a GOAL!

I’m not so anal that I have to start this on the first day of the year or of the month, but I do want to start it on the first day of the week, so I’ll begin this Sunday, August 19, 2007.


how's it goin with the photos?

I love hearing that someone has started a photo journal. I admit I don’t make time every day, but often enough that it creates quite a retrospective of my life. I also write a lot, as well as other things, so in the end I have sort of a photo-journal-artwork composite of memories. I think it’s one of the coolest things i’ve done. When I go over the material I can usually remember exactly what I was feeling on that day. Sometimes the memories are a lil intense, but definitely worth it.

It's going well--

Thanks for asking! I’m trying to be creative with it.

I used to be a seriously avid journal-writer. I still am, but I don’t write even close to half as much as I used to. I used to write almost every day. So last night, I wrote a good, hearty entry for the first time in a while (unrelated to the photo stuff) and it felt really, really good :)

Abbie Road has gotten 3 cheers on this entry.


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