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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become a better bass player

So many ways to keep improving. For starters, I’d like my slap to sound like a note instead of “thwack”.

Learn to use my sewing machine

I bought a used sewing machine for $20 at a garage sale, and I want to learn to use it. But it scares me. You have to wind the thread through the thing and up past the whatchamacallit and three times around the doodad and under the other thingy. Plus the seller said reverse doesn’t work and it needs oil. But I really do want to figure it out.

teach my dog to stop barking at the phone

We’ve tried so many different things, positive and negative, but nothing works. It’s the surprise factor – the phone startles him, and he just goes off the handle. Plus, sometimes the phone ringing means someone has arrived – which is even more exciting.

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