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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Lauren W. in Iowa City is doing 39 things including…

learn how to crochet


Lauren W. has written 3 entries about this goal


I can figure out the stitches. I just can’t read the freaking patterns!! I want to make several things but I find the patterns totally confusing. Hopefully my crochet teacher will be able to help me out a bit, but this is annoying… I thought I’d have made more stuff by now but every time I start a new item, I get bogged down in translating the pattern and can’t figure out the next step. (I did figure out how to make round stuff though!)


I made a scarf this weekend. I’m still a beginner but I have the basics down and can make square things. Once I figure out how to do stuff in the round, I’ll be all set!


I have a friend who will teach me how. This is my substitute for learning how to knit, at least for awhile… I’d like to be able to make scarves and blankets. Hopefully I’ll get a start on this over the Christmas break so that I can make scarves as gifts next year and save some $$$! Would also like to do scarves/blankets as giveaways for the cold Iowa winters.


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