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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explore the city i live in (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve pretty much been wrapped up in my own life for ages and ages; the only time I’ve actually stopped to enjoy the things around me has been when I was on holiday overseas. For years I’ve had this mentality that there’s nothing interesting around here, that anything that’s even remotely worth getting interested in is somewhere else. So I’ve ended up plodding through my life ignoring all the sights and sounds that are just at my doorstep, and when I’ve needed a break I’ve sat back and closed my eyes and hoped I could be anywhere but here.

I guess when you’re a long-time resident of a place you get kind of immune to its charms. As things become more familiar they seem less special, and you forget that every place in the world is singular, with merits and demerits unique upon itself.

I want to look at my home with fresh eyes. I want to remember that there is nowhere else quite like here in the entire world. I want to remember that this city has a history, that it is constantly changing, and that as someone who lives here I am in the best position to observe it. Every city has its little delights and surprises, and I don’t want to grow jaded towards them ever again.

So I’m going to aim to visit places that I don’t often go to, because even within this little city I do have a comfort zone that I rarely venture out of.

Bonus points if I get mistaken for a tourist. ;)


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