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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nouvelle jen in Seattle is doing 26 things including…

make the world a better place

47 cheers


nouvelle jen has written 1 entry about this goal

come up with some concrete steps

for this goal. To me there are two aspects of “make the world a better place”: there is the way you conduct your daily life and then “special projects”. At first we were just randomly donating to whichever charity was in the forefront of our attention at the time. Then I thought about concentric circles. Our immediate family is the center of the cirle, then our extended family and closest friends, then community, then state/nation then world. Because I’m an organization freak this appeals to me. One month we focus on immediate family: my cousin needs help, my Mom needs stuff done around her house. The next month we do extended family/friends etc. This approach really helps me feel like we’re accomplishing something. For “community” we’ve been volunteering at our son’s school – which has been really fun! For state/nation I haven’t found a project yet. For “world” we donate to Heifer Int’l usually but I found out about Kiva on 43T so that’s on the “world” list now.

nouvelle jen has gotten 47 cheers on this goal.


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