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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Carm in Seattle is doing 38 things including…

get better at keeping in touch with people who are important to me

74 cheers


Carm has written 2 entries about this goal

In times of crisis...

we tend to keep in touch a little better. It’s too bad that sometimes that’s what is needed to spur us to action.

I’ve been on the phone a lot today talking to family and friends about two issues. First is my mother’s recent situation (which I wrote about under my taking care of Mom goal).

The other is the dire flood warnings for much of Washington state. Lewis County will be particularly hard hit. I have a sister, a nephew, and two cousins living there. Last year one cousin lost pretty much everything when the water came very high inside her house. They spent the last year buying, renovating, and rebuilding everything. I don’t know how many times someone can go through something like that. I hear she did manage to get flood insurance however.

They are saying this year’s flooding could well be worse than last year’s. Even my sister is worried about her home and she lives on a little bit higher ground. I hope everyone will be safe and not too much property damage will be incurred.

Craving My Friends

I have been ignoring this goal lately because I’ve been kept so busy taking care of Mom and working. That’s not good because it means I’m ignoring my friends just when I need them the most. It has occurred to me that it might help to develop a system for keeping in touch with my friends.

Today I came across this post which talks about a great system for keeping in touch. The author also wrote this follow-up post on how to repair an atrophied relationship. I’m excited to try out these ideas.

In the meantime I’ve been fortunate to hear from 3 friends in the last two days. These are friends who have long owed me correspondence and it was just awesome to hear from them. I’m feeling very fortunate to have the friends I do.

Carm has gotten 74 cheers on this goal.


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