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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FAQ
Write/send one handwritten letter a week. (read all 4 entries…)
Why have we banished letter writing?

There’s something really special about receiving an out of the blue, ‘thinking of you’ message by post. Sure it takes time to write, takes effort to drop off at a mailbox… BUT it’s cheap, conveys a whole lotta heart/thoughtfulness, and will give you the satisfaction (i.e. that fuzzy feeling) of knowing you’re a pretty damn good person for doing it. :3 Of course, the latter reason can be tossed in the garbage… but you get what I mean.

ANYWAY- my summer challenge will be to write AND send one letter a week. Obviously I’m hoping to receive some responses. The trouble is being discrete about letter writing… you’ll eventually need an address. Which will involve asking. Which will give away part of the surprise! Oh well. Putting all this aside, I will kick off my challenge with a note to my mother – only seems write.

P.S. This will obviously involve purchasing thuper kyooote stationary at Paperchase. ;)

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