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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Balut is doing 42 things including…

document my life better

15 cheers


Balut has written 4 entries about this goal

Save, Don't Toss, Don't Judge

Years back, I was poking through one of those books that tried to explain for the layman what scientific inquiry was all about.

I remember a passage to the effect that scientific discoveries come in a brown paper wrapper. You can’t immediately discern the impact of a new discovery. An electronic switch can register zero or one. No big deal until this becomes the basis of computer science.

You won’t remember later without prompts. And you won’t know now – or may presently be blind to – what could help or guide you later. So don’t throw those embarrassing journals and photos away, just get better at hiding them from others.

Next actions.

(1) Keep a daily journal.
(2) Carry my camera and take pictures.

I'm keeping a 24/7 time log this month.

Not only to weed out the time-wasters, but to map the ebb and flow of my moods and energy.


I’m self-conscious about taking candids of people and lazy about lugging out the camera. Parts of my social life cannot be evoked well for lack of documentation and photos.

I’ve resolved to take near-daily pictures this year. (Even in this digital camera/cheap memory card age, I have this atavistic mentality that every shot costs 40 cents, so you can’t waste a frame and nobody had better blink!)

I’m also going to keep a regular journal. I started a LiveJournal, but early on felt I’d be playing to any readers. Decided to use MacJournal offline instead, which still gives me the option of click-posting to LJ if I later want to.

Balut has gotten 15 cheers on this goal.


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