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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Waterfall Nymph

I just came to say Goodbye, love.

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Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve made real friends here.
I’ve been inspired to do more than I thought possible.
I’ve traveled the world.
I’ve raised a child.
I’ve found myself.

Goodbye 43things. You’ll be with us forever.

SAVE (read all 5 entries…)
At least the banner is there now

So it is real.

Still made me break down when I saw it though. Marking this goal as done.

Do 26 acts of kindness to honor the lives lost in Newtown (read all 20 entries…)
23. Airport again

Chased down a guy who has left his phone at security.

Save 43Things entries (read all 5 entries…)
I've got it all now

100% of everything including all comments and pictures. If the site does get a banner I’ll run it one last time to grab my updates after this post but I’m glad that’s done.

I think I’ll run the chum’s account as well. It’s pretty cute.

Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style (read all 2 entries…)
I'm so sad

43things has been so important to me in the last 9 years and it’s just going away like it was nothing.

Because of 43things I traveled around the world to visit a woman I had never met. I did a triathlon, and more. I pushed myself to do small routine but hard things (organizing, potty training my son, sorting Yahoo bids) knowing other people cared and supported me.

I struggled through the hardest parts of early motherhood (controlling my anger with a baby, weaning, the whole nap lap thing) alone in my house but suddenly with what I hope to be lifelong friends who understood. Who cared.

I could go on and on about what the site has done for me. Meant to me. But that the site is being discarded like a used tissue by the creators – without even the basic respect of TELLING US – just has me gutted.

I love you guys. I love this place. That the people who made it don’t care is beyond sad.

And yes, I’m moving to the other site, because it holds the functionality that made 43things the basis – the goal making site – but it isn’t here. It doesn’t have the history and the caring and the love that we’ve built.

I feel like I’m mourning the loss of a friend who is dying of cancer but is still smoking out of his stoma and going out to parties. It’s horrible and tragic.

Put an ee cummings poem on stones in my garden (read all 6 entries…)
We've finished the first two verses

and are part way through the 3rd. We’ve placed them in the garden. We’ll need 3 more bags of cement. Maybe 4.

I’d show you a picture but….

Save 43Things entries (read all 5 entries…)
Like Dark Dog

I sent a message to ask about the images. I’m backed up except for that through Site Sucker but I’d sure like the pictures.

Save 43Things entries (read all 5 entries…)
Maybe I waited too long

since the pictures are going. GG spent a long time yesterday and got most of my stuff off through sitesucker. Not the pictures though. I wish they would come back so we could grab them but then I wish people wouldn’t just delete so the rest of us lose our comments.

SAVE (read all 5 entries…)

Now I’m getting the page unavailable when I try to post on another goal. What’s up?

SAVE (read all 5 entries…)
I wish they'd at least

fix the pictures so we could download them.

I thought for sure we’d see the banner after the long weekend. I can’t believe it still isn’t here.

Do 26 acts of kindness to honor the lives lost in Newtown (read all 20 entries…)
22. Airport

We sat down and found a pair of purple children’s sunglasses left behind. The people next to us said there had been a family there who had just boarded. I took the glasses up to the counter, stood in line, and the attendant took the glasses on before the plane left.

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 2031 entries…)
Wednesday, June 25th

1. Having run. It didn’t feel too bad and I was properly happy with myself for having done it.

2. The goat cheese bahn mi at lunch. So good.

3. Playing games at Chad’s house. We went out and looked at his omnitree where he has grafted dozens of apples onto one tree. It’s so cool.

Wind some things up here to be ready for the next beginning (read all 2 entries…)
What I'm doing now

I’m evaluating all my active goals one by one. If I want them to continue active, I am copying all my valid entries over to the new goal in the new place. Then I am moving it to the bottom of my list, under the 43things end goals. Those goals I will no longer be posting about here, I will start posting in the new place.

I haven’t yet tackled the memory goals. I think I might archive those and start again at 0 in the new place. I can’t think the poppers would appreciate me adding 2000+ archival entries to the 3 things goal.

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 2031 entries…)
Tuesday, June 24th

1. Good manager’s lunch. Sat with a lot of the old time warehouse team and the rapport was nice. Got to work on that.

2. I was standing at the gate, waiting to board and I heard my name called. It was one of the concierges from the lounge and I had left my work notebook which he brought me. Thank goodness! I would have been lost without that for a week!

3. Finally we got a Ghazt on MSM. The chum and I have been trying for over a month!

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 2031 entries…)
Monday, June 23rd

1. Reached into the chum’s bed to wake him up in the dark by rubbing his back and found Flash instead. Fortunately he didn’t mind the surprise.

2. The changes in the ability to filter posts has made the new place seem like a valid alternative to here and is easing my anxiety some. Spent some more time moving in over there.

3. It’s nice when my uncle isn’t here and I can eat when I’m hungry even if it is super early.

organize my iTunes (read all 2 entries…)
This isn't so much of a priority/

Going to add it to the new “Goals on hold” goal in the new place.

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 2031 entries…)
Sunday, June 22nd

1. I was super dreading birthday at my dad’s but it was OK. The salmon was very good.

2. The chum has been very cuddly. It helps balance out how much of the time he just wants to argue about stuff.

3. Felt like I got a lot of things done in prep for being away. Not too much of a mess for GG. I even got my jewelry mess put away. The cleaners will probably faint.

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 2031 entries…)
Saturday, June 21st

1. Felt much healthier today.

2. The chum and I started the garden poetry project. Yay! Man, we need a lot more cement.

3. The chum and I watched Clue for our movie night. A bit more sex humor than I like when watching with the chum but it just sailed past him, mostly. He really enjoyed the farce pacing and physicality of it.

Always keep a LIVING flower in the vase by the sink (read all 95 entries…)
Dill? I think this is dill

The plant in the herb garden did that thing where a perennial dies and suddenly it’s everywhere you didn’t plant it and no where you did.

Do 26 acts of kindness to honor the lives lost in Newtown (read all 20 entries…)
21. Coaches training fund at Fencing

Anonymously contributed a large bill to sit in the box with all the ones and coins.

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