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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.

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.

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write down my grandma's stories (read all 3 entries…)
ABC's (my favourite)

When I went to school teachers weren’t as nice as they are nowadays. If you were naughty or got the answer wrong, they’d throw bits of chalk at you. Now when I was little I had trouble learning my ABC’s. I’d stand up and go A, B, C, D, E, F, G and get stuck at H. After days of this happening, the teacher said to the class

“Tomorrow morning, Miss Baitman will stand up and say all of her ABC’s. If she doesn’t, she’ll get the cane.”

I went home and told my dad what the teacher had said. He stayed up with me the whole night practicing. And in the morning, I stood in front of the class and said

“Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T, S, R, Q, P, O, M, N, L, K, J, H, I, G, F, E, D, C, B, A”

He was so surprised that all he said was

“Thank you, Miss Baitman, you can sit down.”



Comments:

dec80 Gutted!!!!

What a lovely story.

Thanks for sharing this as it brought back some memories for me. My uncle taught my brother and I to say our alphabet backwards when we were younger. My Brother is still perfect at it but I always get stuck at K,J.

I would also like to write down my gandmothers stories. I always think it’s important to treasure the memories they have so that they can never get lost. I brought my grandmother a book which is designed for her to answer questions about her past then hand back to me as a gift. However she’s yet to fill it in. :>)


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