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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keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#24

Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million

I’m going to miss this goal :) Over the years I’ve read so many books that I often can’t remember them all. It was great to have a place to scroll through once in a while and take stock. Oh well…

This was brilliant. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the nightmare the Soviet Union became under Stalin.



SAVE 43things.com
This is

just heartbreaking.

I didn’t receive any communication from the Robots, so thank you to those who posted on here. I wish they’d give a reason for this move – it is infuriating not to know why 43T is closing down and why it can’t be saved.

This has been a sucky year. First Sue Townsend dies (and Adrian Mole with her), and now this.

I’m just so sad :(



spend MORE time on 43T (read all 72 entries…)
I'm

too scared to put a weight loss goal on here. It’s almost the same as quitting smoking – I’ve tried and failed so many times that I’m almost too scared to try again.

So I’m going to just give myself a little challenge for this week. No sugar, and no bad carbs. I’m going to try and stick to fruit/veggies, protein, and stuff like chickpeas/lentils.

Let’s see how it goes…



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#23

The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom

This was just okay. Amis is capable of much better work IMHO.



spend MORE time on 43T (read all 72 entries…)
It's funny

how I came upon 43T…

I started this marketing assistant job seven years ago. It was a temp position, but it was all I could find at the time. The company was this behemoth in the local media industry.

I was paid peanuts. I was very alone, battling my bipolar disorder. I can remember walking around a shop just before Christmas, buying my mom a cake of soap and my brother and his wife each a chocolate because I couldn’t afford anything more expensive. But my desk was on the same floor as all the developers, and one sweet young guy (who played DotA during his lunch breaks and once IM’d me even though we sat 2 metres apart) installed stumbleupon on my desktop at work. During the Christmas/New Year break I spent a lot of time on PC at home. And one day I stumbled upon 43things.com…

I still work for the same company, but these days I work with news (which I love), and I’m paid a good wage. My bipolar disorder is well managed (and has been for the past four-and-a-half years), and I’m married to the sweetest man in the world.

I think it’s good to have a place where one can look back at how bad things were, and realise how much you have to be thankful for. It’s good to remember that you’re much stronger than you might think…



spend MORE time on 43T (read all 72 entries…)
I have

tried and failed many times today to respond to people’s feelings about 43T possibly closing down. I suspect I’m still in the denial phase. I can’t imagine this online community just vanishing.

I too feel stressed about what’s been going on here. Not knowing is the worst. And it seems cruel to not be given the information we so desperately seek.

I don’t like PopClogs… I have nothing against the developers – they seem like great guys, working around the clock to accommodate so many different requests. (I can’t remember the last time 43T sent an email asking what I thought about the site and how it could be improved – I’ve received two such emails from PC in the past week.) And I think it’s great that people can embrace change with such ease – I wish I could do it! But I don’t like knowing who’s subscribed to me… And I don’t like knowing who’s viewed my goals…

This all sounds extremely antisocial… I’m sorry :(



spend MORE time on 43T (read all 72 entries…)
I'm finding

the transition to PopClogs very difficult… I don’t like the look of the website and find the notification function confusing.

As I’ve said before, I really don’t like change. I love 43things. Although I wasn’t as active on the site as I’d been in the past, I loved catching up on the lives of the people I followed here. The other website feels so sterile (and anything where you can log in via your Facebook account is just dodgy IMHO…).

Although I’ve created an account on PopClogs, I’m not entirely sure I’ll manage the move over there.

I never thought I’d be sad about the demise of a website. But 43T was always so much more than just that.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#22

Consider The Lobster: Essays and Arguments

I absolutely loved this. Especially the piece about the adult porn industry awards – perfection :)



spend MORE time on 43T (read all 72 entries…)
Ah man!?

I log off for 10 days and when I get back it looks like the end of the world over here! This is very bad news… Some communication from the powers that be would be appreciated.

A big thanks to Cornucopia for alerting me to the situation – thanks sweetie :)

I hope 43T can be saved… I hate change. I was one of those people who upgraded from Windows XP to 7 under duress earlier this year…



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#21

War

Exceptionally good.



spend MORE time on 43T (read all 72 entries…)
Thank goodness

43T is back up. For a moment there I feared the worst.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#20

Dry: A Memoir

This was good. Not great.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#19

Santaland Diaries

Brilliant.



run three times a week (read all 12 entries…)
I feel

I should recommit to this goal. I’ve been slacking off the past two months. While the continuous rain was to blame for the initial breakdown, there really aren’t any good excuses now except laziness. This morning the Otter and I ran 3.78km. It was hell – we both almost puked at the end.

I want to get back to that place where running is fun. I know it will be hard work but I simply have to push through. No excuses.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#18

Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America

I enjoyed this. Perhaps because I’m a glass half empty kind of person myself.



vent (read all 9 entries…)
An exercise in futility

We’re supposed to go to the polls on Wednesday. I don’t even know why we still bother… There is no way the corrupt fool currently governing us will not win a second term. This election is pretty much playing out the same way as all the others since we were blessed with democracy two decades ago. Food parcels were handed out to the hordes who live in abject poverty. Empty promises were made, there was a lot of dancing and singing. And come Thursday/Friday, everything will return to normal. The poor won’t receive basic services. More jobs will be destroyed than created. The fat cats at the top will continue to plunder state resources. Legislation will be passed to the detriment of the economy. Foreign investors will opt to take their money elsewhere. Corruption will thrive. This is Africa.

I am really not sure whether I’m going to vote on Wednesday. My husband says that’s the beauty of democracy – the freedom to choose. He will be voting on the day. Perhaps I’ll go with him, just to keep him company.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#17

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Very good.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#16

Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over

A fantastic read. Made me think of all the pen pals I had growing up. I love this author.



run three times a week (read all 12 entries…)
Perhaps

I should revise this goal to “run two times a week”, because I just can’t seem to manage three runs these days… It’s getting colder in the mornings. Did two this week.



keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 24 entries…)
#15

Stern Men

I loved the writing. It really is a pity that Gilbert is best known for that other book of hers…



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