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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Dave in Connecticut is doing 38 things including…

use 43T more like a blog-site and less like a chat-room

4 cheers


Dave has written 3 entries about this goal


Am I the only one who detests the “how I did it” stories? I don’t mind them being cataloged somewhere, but having them in my face at the top of the stack every time I want to check in on a goal is really frustrating. I suspect the “super cheers” and “how I did its”, which were introduced to 43T at about the same time, did more to kill this website than Facebook and Twitter combined.

I have personally deleted all my “how I did it” stories, so I won’t be annoying people still trying to “beat my depression” or “quit drinking”. But I am so tired of reading the same stories at the top of some of my goals that I’m going to start switching goals to get rid of them.

end of rant.

Forgive me father, for I have sinned

It has been a week since my last entry.

But in keeping with this goal, I’m not getting onto 43T to chat, any more, but focusing on blogging and reading blogs. And I haven’t had anything to say, in particular, in the past week.

But I have been writing.

I finished a 31 page report on biophotics and medical imaging which, if I do say so myself, is quite a nice piece of work. That consumed an enormous amount of my writer bandwidth.

I also wrote two short pieces, or pieces of pieces, in the style of Amy Hempel, which reasonably could go under “write like Amy Hempel”, “write”, “write short fiction”, or “write a page a week.”

perhaps I have too many writing related goals?

So fear not, good subscribers. I will be writing more, and enjoying the wonderful world of 43T soon enough. Thanks for your patience.

Yours in pen,


chatting and blogging

I just wanted everyone to know that this is a new mantra for me. I’m going to stop doing birthday parties, stop answering silly questions, and stop commenting on comments that don’t need comments. I’m going to take this seriously, or I’m going to give it up, but squandering my time chatting with my (admittedly wonderful) friends has got to end.

at least for now

Dave has gotten 4 cheers on this goal.


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