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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avatar_1 in Melbourne is doing 21 things including…

Finish my website

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avatar_1 has written 4 entries about this goal


It’s become kind of apparent to me that I’ll need to complete some of the other goals on my list before I complete this one. If I can’t work out javascript, java, or PHP, or SOMETHING similar, then I won’t be finishing up on any website.

I simply have no inclination at all to work on the old one; it’s 10 years out of date now, and I have a lot of new ideas.


Might see if I can find a way around this goal, to achieve what I really want to do without actually doing the literal wording of the goal. I just want to get my music compilation pages info filled out – that’s all that’s left to do. Doesn’t have to be on the same angelfire page it’s on now.

Minor overhaul
A weekend or two ago I did a minor overhaul of the site. It included:
  • getting rid of the profiles section (which I never really liked and every idea I had would have ended up causing drama)
  • cleaning up the old journal pages (which are kept in their original form for authenticity and nostalgia factors)
  • somehow managing to remove the banners, I don’t know how
  • wrecking the qualities dropdown (which was always out-of-place)
  • resizing the sidebar for modern-day resolutions and the more commonly accepted smaller fonts. If you check out the list of compilations on the music page, you can see the difference.

I was actually quite pleased with it! The music section will continue to be updated, and maybe maybe maybe maybe the qualities section, but the rest is largely abandoned.

Once I have the existing music compilations all done, this goal will be completed. As I get new compilations, those will need to be added in before I close this goal off, too. So, in theory, the sooner the better ;)


I’m not feeling terribly optimistic about getting this done, because I’m not sure there’s any point. I diverted my attention to getting the compilation info done, but even that trailed off and I can’t see myself putting it together in the near future.

The answer is to do it right now – but I don’t want to do it right now. I can’t keep trying to hit my goals even if I don’t really want it done. It makes more sense to consider scrapping it.

The updates page isn’t accurate – I’ve added in a line to each compilation every now and then. Tonight I added the quote under Courage, which I’ll also do with Truth and Love when I find ones I really like.

But I AM considering scrapping it.

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