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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Mark Vaughan in Vancouver is doing 39 things including…

learn to play the harmonica

11 cheers


Mark Vaughan has written 1 entry about this goal

I tried this a couple of years ago

but the kids kept stealing my harmonica and playing it, and when I got it back it was sticky and covered with stuff, and that wasn’t the worst of it…
I had a goatee back then and the harmonica had a part on it that pulled at the hair in my mustachey part of the goatee. Not only was everyone who listened to me suffering for my art, but so was I. I don’t need to tell anyone who has waxed, or plucked just how agonizing that was. Everytime I went up or down on the harmonica it would rip hair out of my upper lip…
Now I am clean shaven though, so I could take this up any time.

Mark Vaughan has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.


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