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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Lindsey in Houston is doing 35 things including…

read 52 books in 2010


 

Lindsey has written 25 entries about this goal

25. Executed on a Technicality by David Dow

Made me want to become a death penalty lawyer.



24. Paper Towns by John Green

A reread for comfort.



23. Jurors' Stories of Death by Benjamin Fleury-Steiner

Very interesting research on jurors’ reactions in capital trials, although I’m not sure if I buy the sociological interpretation that comes with it.



22. Spiderman Blue by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

This was wonderful and sad, very sad.



21. Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row by Lou Jones

A humanizing, though not excusing, look at Death Row inmates. Research for a paper I’m writing. The interviews and commentary from Jones were really insightful, and he handled this controversial material in a thoughtful way – he understood the weight of his material.



20. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I was feeling a little lonely so I reread my favorite book. It was beautiful, again. I sat in the sun smoking a cigarette and I was very happy.



19. Indignation by Philip Roth

Very masculine writing style – reminded me a bit of Charles Bukowski, though much less brutal. I enjoyed this, especially toward the end.



18. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I liked this, but there was so much hype that I was sort of let down. I don’t think it was paced very well, but very good in other ways.



17. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I had been meaning to read this for a while, as I’ve had little-to-no exposure to feminist literature. It was nice to have such a compelling story too.



16. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Sparse, heartwrenching.



 

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