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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Celebrate 40 Years of Lolita39 on September 3, 2008
Happy Birthday

As I wrap up my 40th year, Lolita is just beginning hers. I can assure her that there’s really no difference between 39 and 40. You still feel like you’re 17 on the inside, even if the outside doesn’t seem to agree. Then again I just ran my first marathon at 40, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to at 39, so maybe things do get better with age. Here are my wishes for her for the coming year:

May her green thumb blossom, both for her garden as well as for her houseplants. May her time with her children be fun as well as good for them, especially when she treats them like dogs and takes them out for a daily walk. And may her depressed times be fewer especially if she can chill out too.



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