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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Janet Gay in Villa Rica is doing 29 things including…

Keep a journal

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Janet Gay has written 4 entries about this goal

Still a work in progress

I have been attempting to journal for the past several months, but I was still not capturing the memories that might not be available to me in a few years because of my MS. I believe I was running into problems because I was using pen and paper. My handwriting is no longer neat and my hands get numb after writing for a very short time. I would get discouraged and eventually stop trying.

Today, I started a private electronic blog that I can readily access at home or at work. I can type for longer periods of time and more accurately. After careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that my girls will understand. They would rather have the memories I capture online than the empty pages of a book. :)



Still in the game

...on my terms. I am still recording significant experiences, images, songs, poems, etc. I move them around from my blogs, websites, and files into common places so that they will be easier for my children to get at them if they care to once they are older. I want them to have something of these years in case this old mind of mine starts to slip into the MS and I forget important details that children always expect you to be able to recollect at the snap of their fingers. :)

So far I’m still pretty sharp, but I figure better safe than sorry.



I'm enjoying this pattern

I think I’ve found a way to keep this habit without getting bogged down. I decided to go to the journal when I feel called to it, rather than every single day, and I find that I’ll make entries at least 1-2 times a weeks without fail. If I’ve jotted things down somewhere else, I’ll print it and paste it into the journal so that I have it all on one place.



Getting Started

Well, I purchased a journal yesterday, and I made my first entry last night. I’m not going to stand on the formality of saying I’ll do it daily, but I’ve got to make an entry at least a couple of times a week, or I won’t really feel comfortable using it.

I write for a living, although it’s strictly technical writing nowadays. I’ve tried to do this for the past two years since I was diagnosed with MS, and it’s like my words just dried up and my feelings had nowhere to go. Wish me luck!



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