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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JudithKD is doing 20 things including…

Remember why I loved sf/f so much!

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JudithKD has written 2 entries about this goal

Okay, I'm shedding the books like mad

and desparately want this job DONE!!! But just when I think I’m outta s/f, except for my friends there, something happens. This time?

Well, we sold a 2nd anthology!

More details as I know them, later—


I have for various reason been reading blogs and publisher catalogs this afternoon.

Not exactly sure what prompted this, but I remembered after reading descriptions of 4 or 7 books I’d never read, by authors I hadn’t read, published by a house I’d never done business with, that there were reasons I really LIKED sf/f.

I like the intensity of it, the curiosity of it. I like that the readership demands consistency, and a great deal of technical accuracy. More, I like the premises, that it is BIGGER than the here and now.

I have spent a lot of time in my life immersed in selling the genre and spreading appreciation of it. The fact that I’m no longer reading science fiction/fantasy, nor had any impulse to do so, until say this afternoon, doesn’t change that.

I may (or may not) buy some of the books whose descriptions I read today. I may rent (or may not) some of the movies I read essays about too.

I need to remember that although I no longer NEED sf/f to help me find that next “what if” to get the phoenix to rise one more time/ to push that bunny some more, it still is something that I don’t revile, although my life isn’t centered there anymore!


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