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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Amanda Norris is doing 11 things including…

find my biological grandfather


Amanda Norris has written 1 entry about this goal


I’ve never met either one of my biological grandfathers. Two years ago, I found out that my father’s father died. He was living with his second wife and two other kids. I didn’t even know that he had other children. I never got the chance to meet him, and I’ve always wondered what it would have been like. There must have a been a reason that I didn’t know him though right? Did something happen between my dad and his dad? But now I’ll never know who he was…My mom’s dad, lives only 30 minutes from my house. I’ve driven by it but have never got enough courage to knock on the door. It’s weird. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I used to not care, because if he cared, he would find me. He has never put any effort to know me. That’s why it’s so hard for me to see him. Any advice???


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