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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Bjarke in Silkeborg is doing 41 things including…

write a novel

2 cheers

 

Bjarke has written 3 entries about this goal

Started a writing group

About four months ago I started a writing group. We meet once a week to criticize the last week’s text. The group had two members to begin with. We’re both currently writing a novel, both writing in the fantastic genre (fantasy/scifi) and both hoping to get published. A match made in heaven :). A third and fourth member is joining shortly.

Starting a writing group was the best thing I’ve done for a long time. Earlier I held long unnessecary breaks from writing (“I’ll do it tomorrow”-breaks) but a once-a-week writing meeting prevents this from happening – I’ve almost written more the last four months than I have for the 19 years that preceeds them :)



Getting started

I abandoned my last plot, but my new plot seems to be tons better. I’ve written about 1/20 of the novel now wee ;)



Will it ever become a novel...?

Some months ago I wrote a short story which people told me was pretty good, and a couple of them suggested I made it the first chapter of a full-fledged novel. I liked the idea and still do but haven’t gotten any further the last months. I can’t continue to wait for a lot of time to magically appear – I better convince myself that writing fragmented throughout the week is the only way… soon! :)



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