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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.

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Ru in Vancouver is doing 31 things including…

edit my book

280 cheers


Ru has written 6 entries about this goal


Today my mom came by with cinnamon buns and an offer to play with Isak for a few of hours while I worked on this (which I’ve been beating myself up about). I really appreciated it, it gave me a chance to get my head clear.

I’ve decided to take off the personal pressure to have a stack of books at my side, wrapped, bowed and ready to go by Christmas. It would be so nice and I’ll still try, but this is supposed to be about sharing scattered pieces of joy (things I find beautiful, words I’m happy with), so I want to put them together in that head-space, not one where I’m flogging myself to get it done in time, sweating deadlines, threatening postmen.

Just deciding this has made it less of a chore and freed something up for me – things are flowing better, I’ve been happily adding/deleting/playing again.

I’ve been too thinky lately. I had several ideas squashed together, when it makes more sense to channel them into several different books, not force everything into a single overly congested one. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and I really feel that I need to enjoy the process.

And there’s nothing wrong with epiphany presents.

True colours

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours poking about online for information about colour profiles, how to avoid printing errors, and how to convert RGB to sRGB in Photoshop so the editing will come out correctly. Then my eyes started to cross.

A little procrastination inspiration?

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Wading through pixels

Today I spent several hours scrolling through photos, marking ones I particularly like and checking the hundreds I’d previously marked – which was sometimes for totally unrelated reasons, so I sit here wondering “Why? Was it to remind me to buy cheese?”. I already have too many words, too many pictures. Next it’s time to whittle them down.

Tiptoeing into progress

This morning I went through all of my haiku from the last few years, cutting and pasting seasonally obvious ones into one of four categories. This has given me 4 pages each (about 40 – 45 per season) that I can now whittle down to the ones I really like, probably cutting 2/3 or so.

This is decent progress, since I’ve previously been focusing mainly on the photos. Markus has offered to take Isak on some sort of adventure at some point over the weekend so I can do some more editing.

I’ve been asked to bring a stack of the published book to a Christmas arts night, but it’s at the end of this month and unfortunately I don’t think it will be possible to have them delivered & ready to go by then.

This motivation bump feels good though.


Horrors, my last post about this was a whole month ago. I want my energy back – for this goal in particular. I was hoping to be working on a secondary edit by now, but apparently I need to find a place that sells creative juicers first.

I think I’ll try to get up earlier and offer metaphorical crackers to my elusive inspiration. Maybe if I pledge to just open the editing program and stare at what I already have it’ll eventually get the wheels moving again. Or perhaps I should send the boys out somewhere fun, uncork a nice bottle of vino, and play irresponsibly. There’s always a revert button. Sigh.

Desperately Seeking Musing

This has been frustrating, since I had just made a big jump forward on the book publishing goal when this health speedbump knocked me off the road. It feels like someone walked up and punched my muse in the face. However, anticipating being trapped at home for several weeks, I pushed to get the new hard drive rolling so I can jump back in when my head clears and my muse dusts herself off.

I’m trying to woo her by scrolling through photos and writing, picking things I like and editing what I’ve done so far. I still can’t sit here for as long as I want to (yet), but hopefully by the time I can, infectious inspiration will hit me again. I doubt I’ll make my previous self-suggested test copy date, but I’m hoping to have something by the end of the month.

Extra thanks to DoubleN for her longtime & continued kicks in the bum support on this. Thanks to a lot of you for that, actually.

Ru has gotten 280 cheers on this goal.


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