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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Moving right along

I am getting very close to marking this one done. It seems that in the last 2 years all the friends but one that I have made have been younger.

I have been trying to wrap my head around why that would be. It seems that a few years ago I started to feel like I had “arrived.” It was as if the part of my life that required rigor and accountability and “keeping my nose to the grindstone” had been completed. I started to dig deep and pull out those projects that had been put on the back burner while I was being so rigorous. What I found was a forgotten little cul de sac from when I was 20-23. It is a place that requires little grounding and is all about spreading wings and learning to fly. The other people I find exploring this same place are universally younger than myself, usually about 19-30.

It has been a pleasant, if sometimes uncomfortable ride. I have no idea where I am going and am unconcerned about arriving. If you are on a similar path, feel free to join me. Regardless of your age.


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