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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learn to play musical instruments (read all 39 entries…)
Harp . . . well, sorta.

I mean, I DID play a tune on a real harp, but only the right hand part. I didn’t take the time to figure out how to do the left hand. Plus, I think the long strings on that particular harp may have been out of tune. The instrument sits in the “experience” room of the MIM, where people can try out all kinds of instruments, but no one was giving the harp more than a pluck or two as they walked by.

I have a niece and a friend who both play, so I knew how to lean it back and which hand does what. It didn’t have pedals, but I would have known how to work those, too. It resonated just fine in that room without pedaling, though. I think a lot of people are intimidated by the harp. It’s just a naked piano. I found the Gs and the Cs and placed my fingers where they needed to be and felt a great sense of accomplishment in playing a little tune.



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