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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be a photographer (read all 2 entries…)
pro wedding photographer

Specifically, I am trying to turn my career toward pro wedding photography. A lot of my trouble is that my equipment, particularly a d90 body, is generally frowned upon by my would be hirers. Despite this, I lucked out on Craigslist and a local Indian/Middle Eastern photog has been hiring me for semi-regular work second shooter, which is helping to expand my non-existent portfolio. I’m hoping to 1) keep working with him but 2) use that as a launch pad into other non-Indian/Middle Eastern work as well. I’m not looking to shoot that particular market exclusively, after all!

I desperately want to upgrade my camera body, but it just is not in the cards right now. I can barely afford the rentals when I need them! A lot of photographers won’t hire you unless you’re using a “pro” equipment, though, and while I’m unsure I really want to work for/with those kinds of snobs, I can also see why that might be necessary. On Craigslist the average second shooter ad gets something like 100 responses in the first hour. It’s ridiculous and overwhelming.

My goal right now is to finish my work for Denise and Mikael’s wedding, shoot for Adam next week, and keep working for Zia while updating my blog. Once I’m through all that, surely, I can go back to trawling Craigslist for the slightest hint of possible photog gigs.



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