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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Opera Riot is doing 36 things including…

learn constellations

19 cheers


Opera Riot has written 5 entries about this goal

Sleepy head, go to bed!

It’s summer, and the right weather for cozy star-gazing…

Sleepy head, go to bed!

It’s summer, and the right weather for cozy star-gazing…


...reporting on “retrograde” movements: a good friend of mine told me how to spot the 5 planets visible to the naked eye in the night sky. I saw three recently (Mars, Venus, and Jupiter), and have seen Saturn previously (oddly underwhelming through a telescope—looked like one of those glow-in-the-dark things I had on my walls when I was younger).

The Swan

Someone by a bonfire showed me the four stars (”...and there’s one we can’t see right now…”) making up the Swan. The only other one I could spot was Orion. I think I saw Scorpio—?


I got a fold-out glow in the dark star map, to complement my book of constellations. Now I need to hang out outside on clear nights (the full moon is waning now, so I have a bit of time to prepare). I guess hobbyist astronomy is the upside to shorter days and longer nights.

Opera Riot has gotten 19 cheers on this goal.


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