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 proud of myself (read all 9 entries…)
This Is Why!

I never quite understood why some people scare me off. It happened again some days ago, and I figured I got offended over nothing. These people merely criticized my interests! I started thinking about this, but I couldn’t figure out how this could offend me, and figured I felt “judged” by these people. They’d judge me to be “boring”, or whatever…
“Whatever”, I’d always say that.
“What if they judge me? Let them, I don’t care!”
But if I really don’t care, then why does it still scare me?

In the past few days I came across this old entry of mine; a breeze of fresh air! I finally realized I’m not proud of my interests, and have come to hide my opinions.

Let me explain that. When meeting me in person, I won’t say a whole lot. To strangers, my opinions are unrealistic, and my hobbies are a waste of time. I won’t tell anything unless asked (or drunk), but too much attention is likely to overwhelm me. If people just leave me alone, I get to observe their behavior. Occasionally you’ll find me making a few jokes, which is the first step I take in engaging conversation. It takes a long time for people to earn my trust, and I’ve wondered “why” for a long time now…

This is why.
Now I’m going to change it.



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