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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rocitoc is studying up on SharePoint 2010

live debt-free
Trying not to build debt

At this point, I have been unemployed for over 4 months and thought I’d be back in the swing of things sooner, so I extended myself slightly each month to make sure I paid all my bills, including my credit cards (which had much lower balances due to the project I had from September through March that allowed me to pay those down). I only slightly increased my debt, and moved some higher-interest totals over to my home equity LOC, which is only 4.0%. In addition, I have told my house/petsitter – who was doing that in exchange for rent – that she had to start paying rent. She may move out instead and find another housesitting gig, because she is not someone who pays her own way with $ but rather with labor and that does not help me move toward this goal. That’s ok. If she moves I will either find a roommate who can pay rent or will just keep cutting costs, since I prefer living alone anyway. I have pretty much stopped eating out, but if I get the urge I do go and buy 2 Jack in the Box tacos for 99 cents, which seems to hold me for a while. Another thing I did was to call DirecTV last Friday to cancel that service – and they offered me two month’s free service, so I took it!



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