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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iDLECHiLD is doing 13 things including…

Write a letter to myself that I'll open in 5 years

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iDLECHiLD has written 1 entry about this goal

What a great idea!

I’m really pleased I just found this from people who want to go skiing! I’m looking forward to putting this together. I find letter writing quite narcissistic sometimes – what with all the telling about yourself, so this is perfect. I’m going to write as though to a very recently located, long-lost, friend.

If 5 years time is anything like retrospection now then I’m sure I’ll wish that I was gentler and more patient with myself over the intervening years, and took life less seriously.

But I think it will be enlightening to see how my ideas and goals have changed, and whether I manage to shape my own destiny towards the things I want to achieve now. Most though why not if I don’t.

I’m 28 now and really wanted to write a considered resolution for the new year, but I never got around to sitting and thinking about it. I can do it now, as the act of writing this will, I’m sure, crystalise other things for me.

I will open my letter on 1 January 2015.

iDLECHiLD has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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