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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GenerationA is doing 36 things including…

get to know my parents better

8 cheers


GenerationA has written 3 entries about this goal

The Front Porch

I think one of my favourite ways of getting to know my parents better is sitting on the front porch of our family house in North Carolina. It’s one of those porches that stretches around a good portion of the house, and where we spend much of our time when we’re up there, watching the rains roll in and out, watching the numerous birds that come to the feeders, and the chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits in the yard.

Ever since the house was built in 1900, it’s been a place where family has gathered and spent time together, and the front porch is the nexus of family storytelling, whether at a gathering of 100 relatives or simply myself and my mom or dad sitting out front, eating breakfast and sharing time.

This past two weeks there have provided a few opportunities to rehear some classic tales, and to hear some new ones.

Two goals in one....

So: Once my folks get their new house, I think my Dad and I are going to be starting a You Tube series. I’m very much looking forward to having a chance to collaborate with him on something like this. I can’t wait for my “off” time to start and for them to get settled into their new place – once they find one.


I wish I had gotten to know my Grandparents better. I remember them well enough, as they were all alive until I was a teenager, but I didn’t really get to know them as their own people rather than as my grandparents.

I’ve been beginning to get to know my parents better, but feel I have a long way to go. I want to have a better understanding of who they are, what’s shaped them, and where they’re wanting to go in life.

I’m not sure what a good milestone for this is.

GenerationA has gotten 8 cheers on this goal.


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