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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Picked Out

I asked my friend D if she would come with me to help pick out my glasses because I don’t do well at picking out things. She said she would love to. Big mistake on her part.

The minute she and I went with the optician to look for some glasses I became an opinionless worm who relied entirely on them to find things for me to try on. The only time I had an opinion it was to say that I didn’t like a pair but before I could say that they both said it looked really good, so what the hell does my opinion count for anyhow? I made them both very frustrated, so after a bit the optician went away and I was able to re-evaluate, calm down, and look at a few more on my own. It was only then that we were able to narrow things down, and finally, painfully, we picked out a pair, paid half of the cost, and walked out.

I was stressed, nervous, and sweating the first 10 minutes of that shopping trip. I just wanted to find a pair of frames, pay, and get out. Kind of like I do all my clothes shopping: “Are these pants too tight? No? Then pay for them and get out of here!” “Does this shirt cover my torso? It does? Then pay for it and get out of here!” Perhaps I need to evaluate this behaviour. When I’m less insane.

Anyhow. They just gave me a call saying my glasses are ready for pickup, so as soon as I get paid I can go buy them. I just hope they’re as acceptable as I remember.



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