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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Melanie in Germany is doing 36 things including…

backpack around the world

15 cheers


Melanie has written 1 entry about this goal

What adventures may come...?

I love to travel, I love to hang out with my friends, I love to explore, I love camping, I love adventures – and backpacking around the world is basically doing all in one at the same time ^^

In 2005 I travelled all by myself to Spain and stayed there for a week at a friend’s place. I went there by bus, without speaking a word of Spanish – and I had to change the bus in Barcelona…(no one spoke neither English nor German, however I managed to make myself clear and found my way to the right bus phew).

But I definitely want to backpack with my friends around the world, because it’s just more fun together. I’d also like to have a far better digital camera by then, because I’d like to take lots of pictures and write a travel journal where I’ll upload the pictures I made and tell the world about our journey – and believe me, it never gets boring when I’m together with my two bestes friends, something always happens!!!

We’re all in training right now and see each other not that often. After I finished my training I’ll move to London and focus on the things I wrote down in my “Have a different life by this time next year” goal. That’s why backpacking around the world is further down on my list. Plus my friends will need a bit longer than me to finish their trainings and accomplish other things they have on their mind first. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say we won’t get to make our tour before the year 2013. But that’s okay, I got a lot of other goals to achieve in the meantime :)

...although, maybe I should think about a survival training beforehand?
(you never know…)

Melanie has gotten 15 cheers on this goal.


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