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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learn how to blow glass (read all 2 entries…)
Getting closer

Well, I haven’t actually done it myself but I did manage to go visit a glass blowing studio, so I guess that almost counts. It looks absolutely fascinating. Maybe someday, after I retire and win the lottery, I could afford to buy blast furnaces and all the huge machinery that seems necessary for this craft . . .

Take more pictures (read all 5 entries…)
4,000 shots later . . .

So I broke down and bought a new camera while I was in Japan a few months back, and have since taken thousands of pictures and reinvigorated my interest in the hobby. Unfortunately, I bought an external HD to store all of these glorious 10 mp images, and then lost it, but hey, I’m having fun anyway, and happily I’d already uploaded many of my favorite shots to Flickr.

Take a romantic, spur of the moment vacation overseas for a few days (read all 2 entries…)
It almost counts

I’m going on a cruise to the Bahamas for 4 days. The downside is that I have to work, but hopefully not so much that I won’t be able to enjoy the trip. I’ve never been on a cruise before, and in truth I don’t think I’d ever go unless I was being paid for it, but it should be interesting at least. It’ll be nice to get away from the cold and dreary grey skies everyday here . . .

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