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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I'm doing 26 things

How I did it
How to skinny dip in the ocean
It took me
0 days
It made me

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visit every country in Europe
It keeps getting harder

Sometimes more countries that weren’t traditionally considered part of Europe want to be included (Turkey wants to be an EU member, even though most of it is in Asia), sometimes others split into two (Serbia and Montenegro).

I’m sure I’ve got more European countries to visit than I did 20 years ago, even though I’ve visited Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Spain and Greece since then. Yugoslavia was one country then, as was Czechoslovakia, even though Germany was two.

build a PC
I wasn't good at it.

The PC I built was never as reliable as those I’ve bought fully built.

Upgrading various components (hard-drives, DVD-RW units, etc.) is simple. Building from scratch seemed easy, but I was never happy with the resulting machine.

Speak a foreign language in the country of origin
Not fluently - but its better than nothing

I’ve had a decent go at speaking French in France.
I’ve been less successful, because I have much less vocabulary, at speaking Italian in Italy, Spanish in Spain, German in Germany and Greek in Greece, but I’ve used a few words.

I’ve also used a few words of Dutch in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, but I don’t think that counts. Its like using English in the USA – right language for the country, but its country of origin.

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