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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scooterbird in Columbia is doing 34 things including…

learn conversational spanish

6 cheers


scooterbird has written 1 entry about this goal

Becoming necessary

I was stuck on a snowy street tonight; it was after a tremendous snowfall here and there was only a narrow pathway cleared that was one car wide. The car at the front was trying to back out to make way, and he was stuck.

I jumped out to help, but I couldn’t communicate with them – the driver and his (presumable) gf were Latino. They had very little English proficiency. I was trying to give instructions to the driver as he spun in place, and he kept doing things the wrong way – I suppose they have very little snow in El Salvador! – and ending up in a snowdrift. It was damnably frustrating.

I need enough Spanish to communicate with my neighbors, kids on the street, retail workers, and tradesmen in the area. Not sure right now how to go about this, but I’ll update as I go on this one.

scooterbird has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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