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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BeccaRo6708 in Colorado is doing 39 things including…

make pottery


BeccaRo6708 has written 1 entry about this goal

Community College

I took Ceramics I in the fall semester of 2010 and LOVED it. Sure, it was frustrating and hard to get everything centered perfectly, and I struggled with height, but I had only done ceramics once before that, in high school, nine years earlier. I got through the centering barrier and made some awesome stuff. I spent an hour throwing a 4-lb ball of clay, but I walked away with an awesome bowl (that I use at every opportunity!). I also managed to make everyone a Christmas present. I had discovered something amazing.

I followed it up with Ceramics II this last spring. Right away, I was throwing 10” cylinders. Then…I hit a wall. I wanted to quit. I could no longer center 2 lb pieces, so how was I going to make the pie plate out of a 7 lb piece of clay?? I worked through it, slowly. Most of my stuff was small again, but I walked away with some amazing knowledge, and even better pieces than the ones from last fall. (Including a canister set, a canopic jar, and a bowl made from a ball of clay that weighed 1/2 lb more than I did when I was born!)

Definitely recommend doing this.
There are struggles—don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy!
Have some patience with yourself. will learn something about yourself as well as making some amazing pieces, sculptural or functional. =)


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