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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VeloGirl08 in Bethesda is doing 34 things including…

complain less

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VeloGirl08 has written 3 entries about this goal

A few times today...

...I’ve been tempted to whine, but I’ve kept my mouth shut instead. It left a hole in the air, but it left that hole open for something more positive.

When I have nothing else to talk about...

I complain. The last few times I’ve felt moved to complain or flailed for something to talk about I

a.) thought of the old saw “if you can’t say something nice” and changed the “nice” to “positive” and kept my mouth shut.

b.) wondered if the complaint would add to the conversation I was in. Usually it doesn’t.

c.) decided that forming the complaint and trying to remember it meant that it wasn’t important and wasn’t worth expressing.

I’m starting to feel lighter already.

When I worked retail I used to complain a lot, so I got a blog and complained at length. My friends thought it was hysterical and I was able to take a look at things that used to bother me and see how silly they were and not complain anymore. Or as much.

I think I starting complaining when I was in junior high...

The cool kids do it- it’s like whining brings folks together. BS, m’friends! After complaining I just feel weak, whiny and stupid. So I’m going to try and make a concerted effort to stop. Let’s see how it goes.

VeloGirl08 has gotten 2 cheers on this goal.


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