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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Deskdude is doing 18 things including…

Balance reading, writing, and learning how to write better

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Deskdude has written 3 entries about this goal

Yay me -

Signed up for a one-month class that meets once a week in the evenings – “Writing Short Stories”. I took the initiative to kick the “learning” part of this goal into gear by signing up for the class last month and now the class has begun. I was encouraged by the first meeting – I think it will be good.

A Beautiful Routine

For the past three or four weeks, I’ve taken either a Saturday or Sunday morning to drive downtown to have breakfast and work on editing my novel in a large coffee shop/cafe for two or three hours first thing in the morning. I’m really enjoying it – the cafe is beautiful, the music they play is perfect, and I’m always able to find an out-of-the-way booth with a power outlet (not pictured). This cafe is two stories with a balcony, a bunch of couches and easy chairs, etc., and the food is awesome.

I don’t know what this says about “balance”, and it’s not like I don’t write/edit on other days of the week from home, but this is a routine I hope I can keep up indefinitely; it’s an inspiring environment and I love going out to breakfast. :) Just thought I’d share. You’re welcome to come hang with me. ;)

Need Balance

I’ve noticed lately that I’m either consumed by my writing to the detriment of reading and learning, or I’m consumed by my reading to the detriment of my writing. I don’t suppose there’s any harm in alternating focus, but I desperately want to be disciplined about writing going forward, so essentially, I want to do both with some balance.

In 2010 I’m going to make it a point to keep track of the books I read and buy. Also, for fun, I joined in case you want to look me up there under the same username. :)

Deskdude has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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