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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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Lindsey in Glens Falls is doing 37 things including…

Read all the books in my "must read" pile

5 cheers


Lindsey has written 5 entries about this goal


I made my list a lot smaller as I worked on this goal when I realized my list was for quantity and not quality. Once I made my list for quality, I’ve been having so much more fun with this and it seems more approachable! I just moved to a large area and I hope the local library can help me further myself in reaching my goal, so far it’s helping and I’m reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (the book that the series Dexter was based off of), soooooo goood.

making headway...

I’ve totally immersed myself in this goal for the past 3 days and have already polished off 2 books which was fun, realizing a 3rd one wasn’t worth my time. Also realized a good portion of the books on my list are graphic arts books, which I don’t really count as actual reading!


Figured out how I’m doing this…

I checked my ‘to read’ list…realized I don’t need or want to read quite a few of the books on it, narrowed it down to about 50. Many of those are easy reads that I could probably sit in a bookstore and read. Will polish those off on a crappy afternoon soon. Will put a freeze on my reading wishlist, so I know I’m not adding to it.

Should work! I just finished off Extraordinary Groups (about groups like the Amish, the Gypsies, Hasidic Jews), and Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams. I’m quite enjoying this goal!


Oh man! I really thought the combo of me adding new books and me not finishing the books I don’t find interesting would help me slowly reach this goal. Instead, I find my list growing longer without getting smaller! And now I find Orson Scott Card and Chuck Palahnuik books slowly making their way to my list. Ahhhhh!!!

Just so everyone knows: it is not cheating if you don’t finish a book on your list if you don’t like it! Life is too short to read mediocre books. :-)

54 books?!

I’m not sure I will ever actually accomplish this goal! I have about 54 books on my list which is insane!! I’m hoping my interest in some of them wanes over time, or I find that some of these books just weren’t what I thought they’d be so I decide to read only 20 pgs of most. (I never finish books that I find boring) The growth of my list has exponentially decreased, thank god! It’d be okay if I wind up with only 5 books to read someday. :)

Lindsey has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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