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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bloem in Rotterdam is doing 15 things including…

learn danish

11 cheers

 

bloem has written 4 entries about this goal

just do it

Here’s an interesting blogentry on how to learn a language. Makes me want to just go do it!



seamen's church

Sent an email to the Seamen’s church in my city. Can’t find a languagecourse anywhere in this city (and I don’t want to learn the language from a book, how would I ever know how to master the pronunciation by just reading a book?) so maybe they know of someone who could teach me basic conversation. And see where it goes from there. I hope they can help me!



Rosetta Stone

I’ve now got Rosetta Stone on my computer, which is a language-learning program in which you learn a new language as a native speaker, so to speak. So instead of learning phrases like ‘Hi I’m Janet, and I live in New York’ and having to learn endless rows of new words, you learn the language more naturally through seeing pictures, hearing what is said and then repeating it, in different contexts. So you see a picture of a boy, you hear ‘boy’, you repeat ‘boy’, you write ‘boy’, and then you get sentences like ‘boy and girl’, ‘the boy in the boat’, ‘the boy and the dog’. And thus, through repetition in different contexts, the words get stuck in your head and you learn it naturally. And I know it works, because I started this Danish course last year (but gave up because of lack of time) and I still know the words and easy sentences like ‘the boy under the aeroplane’ (you never know when you might need it!), so it did stick in my head!



must get started

Had a wonderful evening last night with my Danish friends from the band The Broken Beats, and now I’m thinking I must really get started on this goal! I wanna know what they’re saying if we don’t talk to eachother in English! And I think it’s such a lovely language, I just want to know it.



bloem has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.

 

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