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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simultaneously in St. Louis is doing 14 things including…

collect an oral history of my family


simultaneously has written 1 entry about this goal


well, i’ve started, anyway.

about 25 years ago, my dad recorded his parents reminiscing by hiding a tape recorder under the kitchen table (a blue formica number that is now mine!). now that both of them are dead, the tape is important to everyone in the family.

about 2 years ago, i went to my maternal grandmother’s house and recorded an interview with her about her early life. no one else knows i did this. she doesn’t want them to (until “later”). i haven’t transcribed it yet but plan to soon.

even if you can only get someone to sit down for an hour or two, and even if you have to do it without the person knowing, this is definitely a worthwhile activity. there are lots of websites online with helpful questions you can ask.

it can sometimes be good to let the person see some of the questions before you talk, especially if they’re nervous.


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