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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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a in Austin is doing 17 things including…

complete a marathon

40 cheers


a has written 7 entries about this goal


My knees did something bad today. I see an orthopedist on Friday. I feel pretty confident she’s not going to tell me to get out there and train for 26.2-mile races. I’ve done 13.1 and I think that may have to be plenty. I’m “giving up” on this one, with the thought that I can always re-adopt this goal later if it’s appropriate.


If I started training in the next few weeks, I could be ready for a neat November marathon I spotted… I suspect (rather, I am pretty certain) that training would exacerbate my foot pain, though. :\

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I completed a half marathon in November 2011! Wooooo!

My knees are deteriorating to the point that it’s becoming inadvisable to continue long-distance running, at least for now. I’m not ready to give up forever on my marathon dreams, but it’s definitely a back burner thing at present.

still really doing this.

I ran 15.84 miles yesterday… just for the record. ;)


I’m going to register for the marathon on Wednesday, which is apparently National Running Day, and the cheapest I’ll be able to register between now and the race, which is in November.
I’m really doing this… eek :)

Doing it.

I’m doing the training program. Started this morning. I feel good about this. :)


A work friend is trying to get me to train with her, through an organization that I’ve previously tried (and dropped out of about halfway through). Training starts this weekend. I’m just not sure I’m ready… but if I waited until I was 100% sure about anything, nothing would ever get accomplished, right?

a has gotten 40 cheers on this goal.


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