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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GrammaG *spinning circle* Connecting...

Do 43 things before I turn 43 (read all 5 entries…)
My List

I had a lot of fun coming up with this list of 43 and look forward to experiencing all of these amazing things over the next 10+ years (September 2009 – March 5, 2020).

  • Get a passport (2014)
  • Go to a winery (2013)
  • Go on a family camping trip
  • Eat at a 5-star restaurant
  • Visit Canada (2014)
  • Go to Ebertfest
  • Participate in NANOWRIMO (2010 – didn’t finish but did participate)
  • Perform Karaoke (2010)
  • Have a family portrait taken
  • Visit the Mall of America
  • See a play at Steppenwolf Theatre with Eric
  • Attend the Pitchfork Music Festival
  • Visit Yellowstone (2015)
  • Visit Mount Rushmore (2015)
  • Drive out west (2015)
  • Go to an indoor water park (2012)
  • Take the girls to a musical in Chicago
  • See the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Visit Cape Cod
  • Take a kickboxing class
  • Read all the Newbery Award winners
  • Donate 1 gallon of blood
  • Do the L.A.T.E. ride with Eric and the girls
  • Experience Reiki (2011)
  • Attend a Chicago Bears game
  • Visit all of the counties in Illinois
  • Achieve and Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get a promotion (2009-2010)
  • Have a spa day with Audrey for her 13th birthday (2018)
  • Go on an Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk (10/10/09)
  • Eat at a Hibachi style restaurant (10/3/09)
  • Go to the top of the St. Louis Arch (2013)
  • Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (2012)
  • Visit Niagra Falls (2014)
  • Buy a piano (2013)
  • Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (10/16/09)
  • Try Filipino cuisine (11/7/09)
  • Go to a botanical garden (2013)
  • Tour a distillery
  • Explore Shawnee National Forest
  • Canoe down a river
  • Get a seaweed body wrap
  • Take the Haunted Alton Tour


Ellie is leaving 43T


I like how you slipped in Buy a piano near the end!

Taz 2014 is a year of doing

Least you

have plenty of time to fit them all in ;)

Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends

19 of 43

I’ve done 19 out of your 43. I highly recommend doing the winery. I’ve been to many wineries and have always enjoyed the experience. Getting my passport was another big goal for me that I’ve accomplished. It opened up possibilities I wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise. I’m sure that in 10 years you can accomplish all of these. I’m working on 43 in just 1 year. Wish me luck.

GrammaG *spinning circle* Connecting...

Good luck getting all of yours accomplished. I tried to make mine a very attainable list. I can’t wait to start checking things off.

lob is excited about grad school...

18 of 43

that’s a great list. I certainly surprised myself that I’ve done so many yet live so far away. Good luck!

14cauliflowers Is thinking about revamping this list

This is a great list!

It just seems like so much fun. Enjoy!

GrammaG has gotten 20 cheers on this entry.


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