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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Robert Cottrell in Edinburgh is doing 19 things including…

not spend so much time at the computer

10 cheers


Robert Cottrell has written 3 entries about this goal

More time but different

I still seem to be spending too much time at the computer, but at least I am doing different things. This week I’ve been consuming my spare time organizing and editing my latest batch of digital photos. It’s still wasted time, probably, but at least it is wasted in a creative endeavor.

A major step back

I took a major step back this weekend, spending almost all of my waking hours in front of the computer writing the initial code for a project so ambitious that there is no chance that I will ever see it through to completion. And what time I didn’t spend coding I spent thinking about code.

So, instead of returning to work on Monday rested and refreshed from a three day weekend, I was even more tired and frustrated than before.

More of an idea than a goal

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to follow through with this one. So much of my life is consumed by computers that I can’t really see disentangling myself from them. And when I do find myself away from a computer, I’m usually reading a programming book or thinking about a computer problem.

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