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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spin my own yarn (read all 2 entries…)
Woohoo!

After nearly a year of sort of trying to spin and thinking how very hard it was, I bought some new roving. Grey Romney, not the softest stuff in the world, but I’m loving it. Its so very easy to draft, and all the time I though I was such a horrible spinner, it was just that I had bad roving. I have about an ounce of it spun into a very even yarn, and once I get a bit more finished, I’m thinking about plying it together. :)



spin my own yarn (read all 2 entries…)
Its about time!!

I’ve had a spindle and a beautiful blue roving in my closet for well over a year now. After about 20 minutes of fuzzy blue failure, I decided that spinning wasn’t really my thing anyways and put it away until I hopefully forgot how awful I was at it. Well the time has now come. In accordance with my goal of getting rid of anything I’m not using, I’ve decided to try spinning again. Of course, you couldn’t expect me to discard something with the potential to be knitted, even if I have absolutely no use for it. So I’ll give it another try. Wish me luck!



learn braille (read all 2 entries…)
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I finally got a slate and stylus. The reading wasn’t doing too well since I’m too lazy to look up the contractions I don’t remember. : ) So I figure if I make it more interactive and start writing braille it might be easier to learn. The slate I got was the size of a 4×6 card and cost about $7 including a stylus. Its really worth it. I’m going to take it to some classes and try to braille some of my notes.



find a four leaf clover (read all 2 entries…)
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It took me all of 45 seconds of looking. Technically it was a five leafer but I’m happy enough. I left it where it was. Its better that way.



find a four leaf clover (read all 2 entries…)
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This was my ‘thing’ when I was young. I was the weird kid who found four leaf clovers. I could usually spot one after about two minutes of looking. I found hundreds. Kind of odd hobby, I admit, people always wondered why I was sitting on the ground staring at grass. : ) I even found a six leaf one once which my grandma swore would bring me horrible bad luck, but my life turned out fine anyway. I haven’t found a four leafer in about ten years, guess I just stopped looking.



go from vegetarian to vegan
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I’ve been ‘almost vegan’ for about a year. I cook most of my own food and I don’t care for milk or eggs anyways, so they’re not really a problem, but I love cheese. I’ve been working on cutting it out of my diet, so I can officially call myself vegan, but its tough. Why isn’t there any decent veg cheese? It would make this so much easier. I don’t have much willpower, the only reason I’m able to stay vegetarian is cause I hate meat. Anyways, I guess there’s always hope.



learn braille (read all 2 entries…)
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I’ve been trying to learn braille for two years now but I keep getting distracted. I can sight read the braille, its the reading by touch that’s difficult. And the contractions… Reading braille is just like learning to read print. I have to sound everything out letter by letter and put it together into words. Right now, I’m reading through my favorite book ‘The Tale of Despereaux’. It easier because I know it almost word for word, so if I have trouble with a word, I can usually guess what it is. A real pain, but I think it will be worth it.



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