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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GQkudzu in Kentucky is doing 36 things including…

write a song

7 cheers


GQkudzu has written 3 entries about this goal

Josh Ritter

I’ve been on a Josh Ritter kick for a while. This morning I was listening to Pandora and his “Hello Starling” came on. Such cool songwriting. Makes me really want to push myself more.

Of course it will suck!

I think one thing holding me back on this is this: I absolutely WON’T write a good song the first time. In fact, it will stink. Of COURSE it will! I’m certain Bob Dylan’s and Neil Diamond’s and Fiona Apple’s first songs weren’t anything to brag about either. The point is to write it, no matter how bad it is.

Why have I never done this?

I can play guitar a little but definitely enough that I should’ve written a simple song somewhere along the way. I’ll often play around with chords and hum along or even sing a few basic words to a possible chorus or verse, but then I don’t make it a point to pick back up at the same point later. I’d like to actually finish a complete song—MY song.

GQkudzu has gotten 7 cheers on this goal.


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