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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Ivymere finds strength...somewhere, somehow

write a novel (read all 2 entries…)
It's not a good one, though

Yes, I wrote two, they’re not that great, though.

Boo. I wrote them during NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, a program across the world which encourages people to write a novel (an entire novel – minimum 50,000 words) over the course of one month – and that one month is November.

:) I love the program – it’s wonderful. It’s kind of a contest but not and you meet wonderful people. I’ve met many amazing people – 3 of which have come to visit me in Hawaii :D and I met a great friend on it but he’s moved to Oregon…but these are friends that I’d keep forever.


I'd heard of NaNoWriMo

...but had no idea what it is. It sounds interesting. Thanks for writing about it.

Ivymere finds strength...somewhere, somehow

Best decision of my life

I did it for 3 years (successful – meaning I completed the novel – for 2) and all 3 years were great. The first year is always the best, though. You’re new to the process of writing a novel in a month (if not to just writing a novel) and yet you have so much support (from around the world, and from your country, and from people in your province/state).

My first year, I met the most people and they were all very amazing. I felt like I belonged – like nothing silly I did would be taken as a bad thing (versus in real life, “you’re so weird”). If you have questions, you ask, and almost always you get great answers and advice. :)

I hope you try it. November is coming up soon. The site is currently or will soon be closed down temporarily for a week or two for renovations and Oct 1 is the first day it opens back up again. :D I hope you sign up!

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Ivymere finds strength...somewhere, somehow

Awesome! Don’t doubt your ability anyway :D.

Will you be doing it again this year?

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