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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Live in the country AND the city (read all 3 entries…)
The ideal goal

is to have a place upstate to go to on weekends and work/live in the city during the week.

OR live full-time in a quiet place within commuting distance.


Niel is doing whatever it takes ...

We are not alone

The problem with living in a quiet place within commuting distance is that pretty soon a lot of people will be living with you in the quiet place, which leads to a traffic problem during the commute.

Good point

It’s true. I can’t imagine driving in rush hour traffic. I hope not to commute by automobile – I would like to find a place accessible by train (Metro North). I know that even that can get rough, but my commute at present is approx 45 min, 3 subway transfers (on jam-packed standing-room-only subways) from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I would make a lateral move, commute-wise, if it meant being around trees and quietude more often.

Let me know if you hear of anything. :) (What’s your commute like?)

Niel is doing whatever it takes ...


Ah, yes, I forgot that you lived in an organized part of the world, with trains and stuff.

My daily commute is a 20-minute walk or a five-minute cycle from my flat to my lab. On Fridays I drive 45 minutes to Bronkhorstspruit, a small town outside Pretoria city where I spend the weekend.

20 minute walk, 5 minute cycle

Sounds perfect!
Yes, NYC is organized chaos. Just out of curiosity, if you don’t mind, why do you spend weekends in another place? Is your weekday place just for work and the other your quiet escape? Or is it a family home?

Niel is doing whatever it takes ...


I like to tell people that I live in Bronkhorstspruit (where my family is) but that I have a place to sleep in Pretoria (where I study full-time.)

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