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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kilbey1 in Pittsburgh is doing 35 things including…

Become a better programmer


kilbey1 has written 1 entry about this goal

Practice, practice, practice

So I’ve discovered that, for me, the best way to become a better programmer is to practice, and of course that means using, learning, and making mistakes. I’ve been developing a real estate web site for a local realtor, and it’s taught me loads. It’s been rough, but the more I just do it, the more it makes sense and comes more easily.

I also have gotten wonderful help from the forums at Networking with other coders has been a great way to discover holes in code, as well as discovering a simpler way of accomplishing specific tasks by writing more efficient code.

But it’s a learning process. This is a goal that I don’t know if you can ever say “I’m finished”.


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