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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LauralyBeautiful /this account is inactive

survive the Webkinz insanity (read all 9 entries…)
Ooooh, a new obsession

My little brother and sister are now the proud, giddy, deliriously happy owners of a Nintendo Wii game system. They saved their pennies and nickles (literally!) and finally came up with enough of their own money to buy a Wii, something they’ve wanted for a long time.

My husband bought it for them yesterday, and my little brother met him in the driveway, eagerly asking if he had found them a system.

Since Tommy set it up for them, I think my little brother has only stopped playing long enough to eat and sleep. He’s already asked me for fresh batteries for the Wiimote twice. Thank goodness we have rechargeable double As.

So the temptation to mark this as done is surfacing… but I’m not convinced quite yet. The insanity is definitely ebbing, but I’m going to wait just a bit more to be sure.



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LauralyBeautiful /this account is inactive

Oh, I'm waiting for it!

You know those avatar things you can make on the Wii? My little brother excitedly asked to show them to me today. He has made an avatar for everyone in our family, including my sons, added in our neighbor (who is like family), and even made up avatars for their favorite Mario characters. Toad had a knit cap on, Mario had a mustache, I think Wario had bushy eyebrows. They are having fun just getting set up – so now I really am waiting til they start downloading games. I’ll brace myself. :P


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