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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koalakat Has no Internet access at the moment so may be away for a wee bit :(

Compliment a stranger (read all 2 entries…)

Well, I’ve figured out how I’m most comfortable complimenting a stranger…and that is by not over-fixating on it. I don’t compliment strangers on a regular basis, but it does happen naturally, when I’m not striving for it in a “must cross it off my list” kind of way! =P I must say I’m happy enough with this, and feel that I can now cross it off my list!

It often starts out with an urge to simply talk to a stranger, for example, when I want to ask them about something (like the book they’re reading, something they’re wearing, etc.) and then that naturally leads to a compliment. When I first embarked on this goal of complimenting a stranger, I spent many a commute trying to work up the courage to say something, fighting with myself about whether saying something would be weird/creepy, when might be the best moment to do it, and then not saying anything at all. (Honestly, there are much better things to be thinking about!)

In the end, not actively thinking about it at all, and instead, just going about my daily life keeping my eyes open for what catches my interest and curiosity was the secret. This method may not lead to lots and lots of compliments to strangers, but it works for me and feels a lot less contrived and forced. =) Yay!


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