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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Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends

list women little girls should admire instead of symbols of stupidity and weakness (read all 5 entries…)
Ruth (RuthG)

The first time I met Ruth I couldn’t hold myself back from giving her a huge hug. Her warmth and kindness radiated from her, not just in person but in her words be they poems or missives. I worried afterward that I had been too forward, but she graciously acknowledged that I hadn’t been too forward.

Ruth is committed to her craft. She writes daily, and offers positive encouragement to other writers. She knows the ins and outs of editing, using them to her own benefit. She has the confidence in her abilities that rejection letters do not sway her from her task. She continues to write and submit, knowing that her words will touch others when the time is right.

Ruth is so kind. She has opened up her home at times, to family and friends as well as internet acquaintances. She gives of her time freely, with no expectations in return. She lets her faith be her guide, helping her on her journey.

Ruth has a zest for life. She holds onto the things that are dear to her, and lets go those that aren’t. She organizes adventures, and pursues her ancestry. She makes Colombia seem tangible with a modicum of words.

I admire Ruth.


Excellent pick!

What a beautiful reflection you have written about Ruth, Todd. The reflection is inspirational in itself!

Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends


She and I joined 43Things 6 years ago today. Hopefully she’ll escape from Fakebook long enough to see this.

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What I think is perfect is that you’re back active again after your absence. I’ve missed you.

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I was just thinking about you!

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Happy belated anniversary, Todd.

Happy 6th! Maybe one day you will start using this website more often (just kidding!).

I might send her a message

in both places. Todd, you should join us…:-S

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If I haven’t been seduced to the dark side by Cathibeth, it’ll never happen.

Thanks too for noticing my anniversary.

I admire your

steadfastness, even if you are missing lots of good stuff.

nicolasc has left the building. 43T and the friends I made will always be special to me.

That is such

a beautiful photo, too!

RuthG lives.

Todd, you're such a sweetie.

Yes, I’ve been pretty absent from 43T lately, as I’ve been quite overwhelmed by life, & FB is the place where I can keep up with my growing family, including the new granddaughter, whose mom posts photos of her daily! I have some updates to post, so I’ll be on my 43T page a little later.

Thank you for thinking of me despite that absence. Your words are so generous & thoughtful. You do so much to maintain 43T’s community cohesion! thanks, thanks, thanks!

Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends

You're Welcome

I couldn’t let our anniversary go by without recognizing you in some way. You’ve been a big part of my 43Life, and we’ll always be tied together due to this date regardless of where our lives take us in the future.


I was rushing around and didn’t notice it is your Sixth Anniversary You are such a wonderous part of 43T! Wishing you many, many more years of growth and friendship in this terrific community!

dragonfly35 is @dragonfly35 on PopClogs.

Happy anniversary

Todd (and RuthG). Six years – amazing!

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