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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Make 1,000 lovely things (read all 7 entries…)
(2) Vanilla buttermilk cake with blackberry filling and swiss buttercream

Everyone deserves a birthday cake. Preferably a tall, elegant cake with lots of butter and whatever your favorite combination of flavors are.

The economic crunch, work can no longer afford to get us cakes – grocery store and mediocre though they may be.

I stepped in for T’s birthday – told her she can take it home, share it here – but have it. She doesn’t particularly like chocolate, so we went with something more sophisticated.

Vanilla buttermilk cake with blackberry filling and swiss buttercream. It was leftover batter from cupcakes I made last month that I put into 6” pans and froze for something like this.

By morning, the frozen blackberries has bled all over the frosting – entertaining, but much less attractive. Very glad I took photos when I did.

This weekend? County fair cake with toasted coconut and almond filling/frosting something. For my boss’s birthday on Tax Day.



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