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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Bob1623's Life List

  1. 1. Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful.
    295 entries . 265 cheers
    880 people
  2. 2. Wind some things up here to be ready for the next beginning
    3 entries . 23 cheers
    3 people
  3. 3. be more positive
    13 entries . 226 cheers
    2,863 people
  4. 4. Ask for help when I need it
    4 entries . 123 cheers
    85 people
  5. 5. Read all 100 of Times Best Novels; 1923 to Present
    5 entries . 148 cheers
    3 people
  6. 6. keep things in perspective
    17 entries . 233 cheers
    25 people
  7. 7. bike around Lake Ontario
    2 entries . 189 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. fix that crazy leaking faucet on the sink in the basement
    1 entry . 82 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. Keep track of the Moments
    11 entries . 48 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. post 43 pictures of nebula
    22 entries . 132 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. list my 43 reasons to run
    28 entries . 71 cheers
    2 people
  12. 12. post another 43 insightful quotes
    36 entries . 23 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Give a Kiva loan to each of the 43 countries not yet given to
    9 entries . 39 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. Music posts in 3's; 43 times
    24 entries . 19 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. Become the North American Mölkky Champion
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    1 person
  16. 16. Celebrate some holidays in 2014 with an appropriate movie
    6 entries . 6 cheers
    2 people
  17. 17. See the Cubs win the World Series
    10 entries . 54 cheers
    119 people
  18. 18. Resist, with all my being, taking on the traits of an old man.
    5 entries . 72 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. Quit my job
    4 entries . 47 cheers
    1,188 people
  20. 20. Remember it is OK doing things alone
    3 entries . 110 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Write some poems
    8 entries . 36 cheers
    3 people
  22. 22. Photos of 43 Cemeteries I pass while biking
    9 entries . 17 cheers
    1 person
  23. 23. Live to my 63rd Birthday (and beyond)
    1 entry . 23 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. Be a Different kind of GrandFather
    4 entries . 21 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. Find 5 new music CDs in 2014 which are worth recommending to others.
    9 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. go to Hawaii
    4 entries . 21 cheers
    1,945 people
  27. 27. Swim more
    19 cheers
    368 people
  28. 28. Celebrate what 43T has been to me
    3 entries . 6 cheers
    20 people
  29. 29. Stay in touch with 43 thing friends :-)
    7 cheers
    41 people
  30. 30. Send Kimber~ and her family strength and prayers in the wake of her brother's illness
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    5 people
  31. 31. One Last Goal -True Confessions
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1 person

How I did it
How to become a vegetarian
It took me
5 years
It made me
feel healthy

How to get a new car
It took me
2 days
It made me

How to ride in the Empire State AIDS Ride this August
It took me
7 days
It made me
feel awesome

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post another 43 insightful quotes (read all 36 entries…)
from John Scalzi

“I didn’t mind getting old when I was young. It’s the being old now that’s getting to me.”

One Last Goal -True Confessions
The Last Goal

I was actually on 43T when the Ending Banner was posted. I went to a new screen and BOOM, there it was!!!! It startled me when it came up. After reading it, I clicked on the FAQ and seeing the no new content part, I panicked. What no new goals!! So I quickly added this one, mainly as a placeholder. I guess it meant after August 15, no new goals.

Then a couple of us were talking about how 43T is secret in our lives. We don’t really discuss it in Real Life. It is secret with me. Two people I am close with do know about it, but only in that it exists and I use it. The day after the banner came out, I was at work and my one friend who knows, saw me and asked, “You look down. Is everything OK?” Being down had a little to do with our site going away. Do I tell her? Most of the time when this question is asked of me, I just say “oh, nothing” and that ends it.

Well, I told her. “You know that site I go to, 43Things? It is shutting down in a few weeks.” She did say, “Oh, that is too bad.” I could have talked about it more, but the conversation quickly changed. I tried once to bring it up again, but that did not work. It was then I realized that unless you are a part of this community, you don’t know. You can’t understand the implications, the upcoming loss. What 43Things means to us.

So in this final goal, I am going to tell those left a few of my secrets. A few of those things I hold so close and hidden, Things I don’t and can’t tell anyone here in my real life. I can tell you because you will understand. You know what it feels like to have secrets.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 295 entries…)

Today I am grateful for:
1. Good appointment at the chiropractor
2. I now have a plan
3. My foam roller
4. A call from a friend
5. The vegan zucchini cake I made actually tastes pretty good!

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