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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.

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Read The Telegraph's "100 Novels Everyone Should Read". (read all 4 entries…)
Changing lists

After much thinking I have changed my goal from reading the BBC’s Big Read 100 to reading the Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read ( The reason is mostly for quality purposes. I was getting annoyed with reading the BBC’s list and seeing duplicate authors. Although I’ve already read the Jacqueline Wilson books listed (and enjoyed them when I was younger) to me they are not the sort of books that should be on a 100 book target list.

And so I start with the new list. Currently I have read:
99. To Kill A Mockingbird
97. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
21. 1984
11. Pride And Prejudice

As you can see, I’ve got a long way to go! But as a long term project this will cover off many books I have ‘always meant to read’ and hopedully encourage me to read books I’d never have considered before.


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