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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Working on the Raleigh, NC area brigade

We’re hanging over at, and things have gone pretty well so far. I just put up the details of our upcoming meetup (4/14), and three folks (including myself :-) have already RSVP’d.

Our first meeting ever was August 12th, 2004, and so far I’ve never ended up being completely alone (we did skip December, though). I’ve found coming up with compelling topics and/or activities to be somewhat challenging, though, and would love to hear any suggestions ya’ll have for that.


what to do

well, i think there are three things that we’ve done that have worked really well.

1) have meetings when a ‘big name’ rubyist is in town.

2) invite people to bring in something they’re working on and talk about it, ask for help, etc.

3) have a Seattle.rbbq—everyone brings something to eat, we grill up lots of good tasting stuff, and talk about Ruby.


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