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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Sherlock is at PopClogs now.

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Too much, too much

It’s 2:00 on Friday night, and even though I came home exhausted, I can’t sleep. Sonchild came home from college tonight, and we have a very nice dinner together, but still I can’t sleep.

I can’t sleep because of the pressure of this nasty problem festering at work. I can’t sleep because I’m worried about the official report I’m preparing, in which I’m trying to undo years of misreporting from previous directors. I can’t sleep because I’m worried about my health again, and my inability to even make the appointments to get it checked out. And I can’t sleep because my boss once again gave me a backhanded compliment, in which he praised by performance as a leader, but criticized my productivity as a scientist.

I can’t win for losing (favorite saying of my father).

I’m worried. I’m worried that the stress is building to an intolerable level. That my BP will blow one of these days when I’m having one of these headaches that just knock me out. That I’m doing irreparable damage to myself by trying to meet all of these needs. My soul feels hurt.

Even my sweet new secretary has noticed it. She sees how hard I’m working—heck, this week I worked 60 hours in 5 days. She commented sadly today that she knows I’m not happy. I’m NOT happy. I feel hounded, in a leadership positive that demands so much effort, which is seriously misunderstood by the people I serve, and which costs me so much in terms of my own work.

Buy I am trying to hold on, just hold on, through the last of these major responsibilities, and then free myself this summer by quitting these extra responsibilities. I’ve already notified by Chair. I don’t think he much cares or much believes me.

It’s so sad. I’ve done everything I can for this program, but it just isn’t enough. And meanwhile, I need to find a way to sleep….


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