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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☠ dustball jin ☠ remember when we used to shine

get over social anxiety (read all 30 entries…)

Girl from work I’ve been running into occasionally pretty much since day one working here, mostly in the elevator, so for sixish months. I saw her on the subway on my way home tonight so I said hello and we started chatting even though we never did in all these months. To my surprise she didn’t remember me at all (well, I reckon I just got my hair buzzed and have gone through some pretty drastically different haircuts since december, still it was funny she didn’t seem to believe she ever saw me until I produced my work apron out of my bag). Well, she told me she works from 6 AM to midnight (!!!!) so maybe she’s just too crazy exhausted to pay attention to people in the elevator, besides she seems quite shy as she’s always looking down. Anyway, I asked for her name, we sat next to each other, she said my sweater was cute. I said “so you work in the kitchen over there” and she said yes, that she’s a pastry cook. She asked if I like pastry, I said hell yeah and she said she’d cook some for me (don’t know if she was joking but it didn’t sound like it !). Turns out we don’t live far from each other. Awkward that you get to learn more about someone in ten minutes than in six months, and that it feels more right to approach someone you vaguely know in a subway station full of strangers than at work where you see them every week.


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