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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KnittinMama in St. Paul is doing 16 things including…

give away 50 things I don't need

13 cheers


KnittinMama has written 17 entries about this goal

#7 - Stack of magazines

I had two stacks of magazines that I had never read – but of course I was going to – on the floor by my bed. They had been there for 4-ish years. They survived two moves. But I’ve given them away. I’ve given them away to the recycling plant. I feel so free!

(I must confess that I did keep 5 of them, but I promise to recycle them if I haven’t read them within one week)

#6 - Confession

Bless me 43 Things, for I have committed a knitting sin.

So my immediate boss at my internship had a birthday recently. Last week my mother gave me four pairs of handmade socks that she had finished, but didn’t want to wear. On my way to work, I realized that I needed a present for my supervisor. I grabbed a pair of socks and stuffed them inside a small Christmas lunch box. AFter I gave her the present, she asked, “Did you knit these?” Without a moment’s hesitation, I said, “Yes.”

I am a bad, bad person. (I told my mother what I had done and she laughed.)

#5 - Five books given to the AAUW book sale

I always keep a pile of books that I’ve read that I don’t want to keep to either sell or give away. Lately I’ve been pondering getting rid of the rest of my books. Most of them anyway. The thing is, I moved into my house about a year and a half ago and didn’t have any bookshelves. My books stayed in their books and went up to the rarely used second story (long story there) If I get some bookshelves that’s where they will go. So here I am, 1.5 years later and I haven’t done anything about it. So why do I have them? I would keep ones that the boy would like as he gets older and a few select favorites, but do I really need them? Any advice you guys have would be lovely. The real rub is, I’m a soon-to-be-librarian…

#4 - 4 Books

I returned 4 books to co-workers that they lent me last Summer. The really bad thing is that a) I never read them because b) I hated them. When I returned them they asked me what I thought. .... Yikes.

# 3 - box of toys and books

I packaged up a box of old toys and Babybug magazines to send to my friend and her 8 month old baby. I’m glad these magazines will be enjoyed another child. I love getting this stuff out of my life! Off to the post office…

#2 - 3 Yarn Books

Today I returned three books to the yarn store that I have not read or even opened. I orginially got them for a school project, but changed topics. I don’t need them, don’t want them – they are out of here!

My first accomplishment on my goals in 2008!

I gave away….....a potty chair!

Here’s to a fresh new year!

KnittinMama has gotten 13 cheers on this goal.


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