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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has posted her blown glass vessels on Etsy at tinkmartin.etsy.com



I'm doing 29 things
 
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pay off my credit cards
Many down, one to go...

I’ve always believed in a debt-free life. Not an easy thing to do, especially when you 1) are a self-supporting artist in a bad economy and B) you are a homeowner.

After 20+ years as a self-supporting artist, I’ve left that life behind to return to the corporate world. Less money, but a more reliable income.

I’ve started blowing glass again on weekends to supplement my income, and now I have only ONE credit card left to pay off! This should happen by June of 2011. Wish me luck!



Replace my Party Zone pinball machine with a Twilight Zone machine
Pinball: My drug of choice

I’ve always loved playing pinball. I used to have a few electromechanical pins (Space Mission and Captain Fantastic, to name two) but had to part with them.

I was able to get a Party Zone machine a few years ago, and I particularly love it because the main character (Captain B Zarr) looks just like my sweetie :-) After having it for this long, I’m kind of tired of it, and I’d like a Twilight Zone. I don’t have room for more than one, so you do the math.

It’s hard to justify spending additional money just to get a different machine, but it sure would be nice.



Spend a weekend in Ann Arbor with my sweetie
It shouldn't be difficult, right?

We spent several years traveling the globe, teaching glass blowing to students in the US, Ireland and Spain. Why then is it so difficult to plan and execute a weekend away in a town only 45 minutes from home?

I think the issue is that I don’t believe I deserve it. Those global jaunts were wonderful, but at the end of the day, it was our job. It was a money-maker. Going on a trip purely for pleasure simply seems decadent and unnecessary. Or something.

How do I convince myself that doing something purely for pleasure is ok?



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