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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magndoodle in Princeton is doing 34 things including…

finish painting my dresser


magndoodle has written 1 entry about this goal

the little yellow/grey/pink/white dresser

I rescued this little guy from the side of the road one day in Pitman, NJ. It is a four-drawer cutie with little flower embellishments on the legs.

It was mostly yellow then, and looked like it had sustained some notable water damage that had destroyed the veneer in a few places. It’s missing a few chunks out of the top molding and has cost me an entire bottle of paint stripping gel (with about half the dresser yet to go). There was a lot of paint on this thing.

And the damn thing wobbles and the drawers stick, but I refuse to give up. I am not going to strip and revarnish because of how much patching and filling I’m going to end up doing with the cracks and dents and destroyed veneer. I’ll probably just go with paint. But when it’s done.. it’s going to be worth it. I think.


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