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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stop picking my skin
I didn't even know this was a thing.

A little bit of late-night Wikipedia trawling has ended here, with my realisation that I might actually have a problem. When I was younger I used to pull out my eyelashes and eyebrows (though I must admit I still pull out eyelashes from time to time), but I seem to have replaced that with picking at my skin.
Three things I thought were just bad habits of mine, it turns out, might actually all be part of the same condition. There are scabs on my scalp that haven’t healed for about five years, because I cannot stop picking at them; any time the merest blemish appears on my face, be it a pimple or just a tiny lump, I pick at it until a terrible red crater is all that’s left; and, perhaps worst of all, I tear my fingers apart until the tips are raw and bleeding.
I always told myself I was “neatening up” the dry skin, but I recently realised that it gets so much worse when I’m stressed, angry, or sad. My fingers are pretty good at the moment – only one is slightly shredded – but uni exams are coming up and I can feel myself starting to pick at the others. Now that I’ve realised what I’m doing isn’t just a bad habit, I’m determined to stop it.


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