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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hilesh in Chicago is doing 17 things including…

enjoy Fall 2007 by having one new and fulfilling experience in October, November, and December

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hilesh has written 2 entries about this goal


went sledding for the first time in years (!!!!) in december. i told my freind: “we parked near soldier field at about 10:30 at night and snuck onto a huge hill and sledded for about an hour and a half. and it was crazy fun. i can’t even explain. my ass hurts so much. it was great.”

i learned to begin to let go. i say begin because it’s a long road.

i began to full steam ahead sell my art (shows and online) and commit to it more fully.

i studied my ass off for my classes and actually got good grades (not bad, old man).

and i read everyone’s new experience in this goal and it very sincerely made me more awake and better for it.

Make Something Day

My sister came into town and since I don’t get to see her that often (she’s out in dc, i’m in chicago) I treasure all the time I have with her. My friend Michael was celebrating Buy Nothing Day by inviting people to his art studio to participate in what he was calling Make Something Day. We got to learn how to make batik t shirts (and made a few of them for ourselves), hung out, talked and had a great time.

On the ride home my sister and I got to really talk, you know, one of those nighttime drive home talks that you get to keep in your memory.

This November I heard Iraq and Vietnam war veterans share their stories at a benefit and I remembered what it really meant to be a teacher. I saw deer and elk (may seem strange but I have been a city boy forever). I got in touch with old friends again (I miss my friend Shari). All in all, it was a November full of memory and more to think about.

hilesh has gotten 1 cheer on this goal.

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