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…

visit the Red Lion in Avebury with my wife

2 cheers


scooterbird has written 1 entry about this goal

A mutual promise

Something I was reminded of during our anniversary dinner (which was at a very fine vegetarian Indian restaurant, a favorite of my wife’s)...we met in college and ended up taking one or two courses together, including a course in archaeoastronomy, of all things. One of the ancient sites we studied was Avebury, in Wiltshire. The professor had been there, and in mid-lecture, while describing the place using an aerial photograph, he went off on a tangent about the Red Lion Inn, which is smack in the center of the great stone circle at Avebury, and supposedly is a wonderful place for a drink and a meal during or after tramping about looking at the stones.

Neither of us had or have ever been to Britain, but we both agreed this sounded great, and resolved, right then and there, to visit Avebury together and go to the Red Lion Inn (though I’m not sure we were even dating yet). We set a date ten years in advance, and have already blown right past that with nary a try at a visit, but we’ll get there someday…and this goal is to remind me of that.

scooterbird has gotten 2 cheers on this goal.

  • seebimull cheered this 19 months ago
  • LGS cheered this 3 years ago


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