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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gullyer in Seattle is doing 26 things including…

learn how to play an instrument

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gullyer has written 2 entries about this goal


I started taking accordion lessons last month and so far its uber fun! Although its hard to discipline myself to practice everyday I do enjoy it and hope I can stick with it despite my crazy life schedule. I chose the accordion because I used to take piano lessons (only about 6 months worth) and when I moved to Seattle from So Cal I couldn’t fit my full size keyboard in my tiny studio so I sold it. The accordion was a compact unusual instrument that first caught my attention when I was traveling in Paris and saw street performers playing them. I noticed that it had a small keyboard on it and thought it might be a neat instrument to try out. So far so cool!

Third times a charm

So a long time ago I tried taking piano lessons since my mom had inherited my great grandmother’s piano. But that didn’t last with my mom having migraines. So years later I thought I would try the guitar – everyone seems to play and its pretty portable – but it just didn’t seem to click with me. Having no nails probably didn’t help either. So a few years after that I picked up piano again but unfortunately due to many circumstances, I had to give it up. I really enjoyed the piano and would like to someday pick it up again. For now, I am starting to become interested in the accordion. Its compact, piano-like and peppy. I figure it might be something I could dig. Now the only challenge is finding an accordion on my non-existent budget.

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