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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OtterGirl537 verve; integrated

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You often don’t realize how much you have thought and planned and wanted until you go back and review journal entries. I have kind of gotten lost here in balancing forward looking with daily living; however, in writing here recently I reread my element posts and went “ah, yes. I do have ideas about what’s next.” So I’m writing down another idea I’d like to do within the next year, a fun little project. There’s a trail of markers (1148 of them to be exact) throughout France. They mark the march of Patton’s Third Army from Sainte-Mère-Église to Bastogne. Along the road which is comprised mostly of small B roads through little French hamlets, you will see some amazing French sites. I did this trip 2 years ago and there is very little available on the internet (unless you speak French). Given that I figured out how to find and follow the markers, I want to write a travel book about it for Americans. So here’s my little note which someone will cheer in 6 months so I won’t forget.

If you’d like to read a little more about it, wikipedia has a nice synopsis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Road_(France)



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