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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Dana is...bringing her own sunshine is doing 20 things including…

Actually submit some of my writing and do more creative things this year!

8 cheers


Dana is...bringing her own sunshine has written 8 entries about this goal


I have been doing some editing and creative content writing the past month and LOVE it. I’m ‘volunteering’ my time right now, as there is not pay available, but it’s been a nice learning experience and creative outlet for me. It is something that I will continue to do and who knows it could turn into full time :)

Still writing

Still working on this, but it’s a work in progress, so it’s going well! Lots of research was needed, which has been a lot of fun. I am excited about my progress!

Writing update

Wow, it has been too darn long since I’ve been here! I have had some exciting news about writing. Met with another agent at a writer’s conference in October. It was amazing and now I’m revising and hope to have a finished product to the editor in January and then off to the agent ASAP. :) It’s exciting, making me nervous and giddy at the same time. Will keep you posted ;)


Well, I have actually been writing more. I have a draft due next month and talking to an editor, agent and others, so this is one goal I’m finally focused on!!


I have almost 4 chapters of my novel written. This is a story I have been working on for years, thinking about and outlining, etc. but this is the first time I have actually written concrete story lines and I’m proud of myself for being on Chapter 4, but also realize it’s time to finish this darn thing!

I have a publisher I have ran the idea by and she is very interested in teh final product so that is super exciting, and as much as I would LOVE for it to be published, I want to finish it for me more than anything. As you may know I love Jon Acuff’s blog and he recently had a post about a band that played the same whether playing for thousands or a hand full of friends. He said they had the same heart and passion. That is what I feel about writing – it brings me joy just to write, to dabble with an idea and write it out even if I don’t ever do anything with it, it’s for me…

But I have put it off and made excuses far too long. I write little notes and ideas down to try and keep my creativity going, but it’s now time to focus and feed my writing passion and be happy :-)

Time to free the writer inside me and make time for her.

writing and muses

I have not been submitting more of my writings, but I have been working on my bigger writing goal project. I am focused on this one project and will finish it (finally). I am hoping to complete it by the end of next month! At least a clean draft. It’s a story I have been working on for years off and on, playing around with the idea, etc. I finally feel I have the entire story (outline) in my head and ready to actually complete it! :) To me this is where I need to place all my creative energy. Make this dream happen, then anything is possible! :)

Commercial site

Well, I had submitted a sample review to a site about commercials and they have said I can have access to their site and start submitting more reviews! :-)

I submitted a couple more today one for a professional book reviewer…we’ll see about that one! :-)

2011 Writing Goals!

Well, I started this with a little post here – I’m thinking it needs it’s own space and goal number now that I’m doing more and more submitting! :-)

Dana is...bringing her own sunshine has gotten 8 cheers on this goal.


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