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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I'm doing 11 things
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Have a 3rd baby
Almost halfway to completing this goal already

Well, I’m rounding up…I’m at 16 weeks, due October 31. I had some more (minor) issues with infertility in conceiving this one, so happy it finally happened. Everyone is very excited.

be more charitable (read all 10 entries…)

For the past couple years I have convinced DH that we are well enough off to donate a decent chunk of money around holiday-time. Now that the precedent is set, it will probably be easier to keep going in future years. I say “easier” since I plan to cut back my work hours again at the beginning of next year…which means less disposable income. Plus, more babies = more expenses.

Sometimes when I look at this goal I berate myself a bit for spending money only and not time, like volunteering at the soup kitchen or something. Those are the people I really admire, the ones who put their time (the MOST valuable resource.) But then I rationalize:

1. Spending my time on work and then donating the proceeds probably provides more bang-for-the-buck for a charity than my time directly (in most cases), and I probably enjoy it more.
2. I DO give my time to help other people in the guise of the Parent’s Group I co-founded at work. I put a lot of time into that and I actually do think it helps improve quality of life for the members.

Being a rationalization, I think my arguments are completely valid and true :-) But it doesn’t mean I should aspire to be MORE charitable.

Learn to play the guitar (read all 4 entries…)
My guitar is still sitting in the closet

And I’m no closer to getting lessons. Guess this is no longer a priority. Maybe someday…?

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