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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SallyKitt "Action is the antidote to despair" - Joan Baez

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Robert in his new clothes.

Robert, one of the few homeless people who hang around the area where I work, had new clothes on yesterday. Usually he wears a dark blue parka with the hood pulled up over his long hair. His wide eyes shine out from the darkness even in the middle of the day. He wears dark pants and slings a gig bag (soft sided guitar bag) over his shoulder.

Yesterday he was wearing a light tan ski jacket with no hood. His hair was buzz-cut short and he had on light colored jeans and white sneakers.

I looked out the floor to ceiling window at Starbucks as he passed by and thought he looked oddly familiar. When he raised his hand next to his face, widened his eyes, and waved at the barristas, I realized who he was.

I would have like to have captured that wave. I would have also liked to have captured the looks on the faces of the young women as they realized who he was.



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