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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stargirl0 in Nantucket is doing 28 things including…

be proud of what I create

10 cheers

 

stargirl0 has written 6 entries about this goal

Lovable boyfriend anecdote #82749301

L.B. is standing in the middle of the room staring morosely at the wall. I am trying to get dressed.
Finally, after some minutes of navigating: “L.B., what’s up, why are you standing in the middle of the room in this woebegone manner?”
L.B.: “I can’t believe I spelled usually with two s’s in that picture i sent you over break.”

Lesson to artists everywhere: your loved ones do not care about minor orthographic errors.



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I’ve been carrying around a sketchbook on art kid Michelle’s advice and drawing in it whenever I get that drawing yen. All of a sudden, drawing has become an activity I can do at times other than when I’m on the phone or when I’m trapped in a room with only the margins of a newspaper and a ball point pen for company. And it’s coming along. I mean, it really is coming along nicely.
I’ve managed to convince a few people here that I’m an art kid myself. God knows what they’ll do when they discover the truth.



conspiring with james joyce, ew ew ew

I’ve been having a bit of a slump recently, what with being miserable and all, and I only just realized that the problem is probably that I haven’t read anything real in about two months.
This weekend, when we spend 14 hours driving to Ithaca and back, I’m going to bring Negotiating with the Dead and Song of Solomon and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and no notebook at all, and hopefully I’ll come back all bubbly and brimming over again.



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The poem I’m writing is now three and a half pages long, and says exactly what I want to say. Wicked wicked, m i rite? :D



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Last winter was about Hemingway, violins, vibrato, painting at Carl’s, making crazy food objects.
This winter is about Pynchon, jazz, alt-rap, illustrating, making crazy poem objects, and writing writing writing. If I can’t spew out stupid solipsistic fiction in my senior year of high school, when the hell can I?
But – shhhhh – some of it is actually pretty ok.



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Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying I want to act of creation to be better than drugs or anything (cough cough). It’s just that I’ve taken EIGHT DAYS OFF from NaNoWriMo out of sheer despair, and as of this minute I’m declaring that nonsense over with. As I head upstairs to embark on a three hour sprint, here is my goal: I am going to churn out five thousand words, and then I’m going to go back and reread them, and I’m going to give myself a round of applause. Because goddamn it, I can write… that is, if I can stop bludgeoning myself long enough to get a word in edgewise.



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