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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…

Write for myself at least 2x this week

15 cheers


Opera Riot has written 4 entries about this goal


I returned to my much neglected project and spent a few hours writing today. I kept Lynda Barry’s What It Is/Writing the Unthinkable nearby in case I needed a nudge, but it was easier to get back into the flow of it than I’d expected. I forgot how GOOD it feels to make stories!

Life is short

I need a ritual and a place for my writing. It used to be easier to slip into—it was daydreaming followed by a pen—but it’s harder now that I try to write complete stories and not simply run-on sentences.

There is a project I’ve been kicking around for far too long that I love and think would be pretty great if I just would finish it! My jarring motivation to get a move on it is morbid and real: an old friend committed suicide—someone with a lot of wisdom and kindness, someone I’m a better person for having known. I hate it. I hate that she’s gone, and I hate how easy it is for people to slip away and become isolated even when they are loved and respected.

After pacing around my house all night digesting this, it’s become important that I finish my story and spend more time outside. These are the sort of conclusions you make in such situations, I guess—whatever is personally life-affirming.

a rhymed phrase

brusque tusk

More and more

I’ve made an effort to jot down ideas (words or images) in a little sketchbook that fits in my bag, so that anything that comes across my mind that seems worth recalling gets a home. There’s something important to taking one’s own imagination and insights seriously enough to record them.

The other thing is this series of YouTube videos on a Lynda Barry writing-talk, posted by one of my best friends who lives on the opposite end of the country right now. I own her book, What It Is, about drawing on “images” for writing for one’s own good, and these videos both made me feel totally enamored with her and sort of served as a surrogate for my absent friend:
Writing to Remember-
part one:
part two:
part three:
part four:
part five:

It’s nearly an hour of her discussion, but she’s so hilarious and encouraging that I wised for more. I played them over and over (while working on math homework!), played them for S, looked for more material, etc.

Opera Riot has gotten 15 cheers on this goal.


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