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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Experience 100 new things by the end of December 2011 (read all 74 entries…)
66. Go to a friend's father's funeral.

Not a fun one, but definitely a rite of passage of some sort.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this new phase in my life: that sandwich generation. I’m taking care of kids, and I’m going to start having to take care of my parents. Actually, my parents seem to be doing rather well, but so many of their friends have died recently. I’m worried about their emotional states because of this.

Now M’s father died. He had been experiencing heart problems, but they didn’t know his death was so imminent. Sad. A new phase of life.



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