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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mausmobile's Life List

  1. 1. be less obsessive
    80 people
  2. 2. ride in a hot air balloon
    1 cheer
    2,748 people
  3. 3. crochet a garment
    2 people
  4. 4. conquer fear
    54 people
  5. 5. camp in the mountains
    1 cheer
    15 people
  6. 6. remember names
    1 cheer
    157 people
  7. 7. feed a giraffe
    2 cheers
    41 people
  8. 8. floss twice a week
    18 people
  9. 9. be a good teacher
    1 cheer
    142 people
  10. 10. learn how to blow glass
    1 entry
    473 people
  11. 11. eat more fruits and vegetables
    1,095 people
  12. 12. go to yoga once a week
    18 people
  13. 13. visit all 50 states
    1 cheer
    9,057 people
  14. 14. stop biting my nails for one year
    1 cheer
    1 person
  15. 15. complete a scrapbook
    111 people
  16. 16. sculpt more
    15 people
  17. 17. build a dollhouse
    58 people
  18. 18. do a 6000 piece jigsaw puzzle
    1 person
  19. 19. compile a family history
    13 people
  20. 20. be a better friend
    6,275 people
  21. 21. make a smaller ecological footprint
    39 team members . 3 entries . 2 cheers
    992 people
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make a smaller ecological footprint (read all 3 entries…)
"There are enough bags in the world"

I make infrequent, large grocery trips, so I would need an awful lot of cloth bags to go shopping. I struggled with the “paper or plastic” question for a long time. They are both recyclable, but which one is more reusable?

I think paper is the better choice, hands down. I take them to the store with me, and I have been using some of the same bags for over a year. If the baggers aren’t rough with them, they last a really long time! Plus I was pleasantly surprised to find that I get a bag credit for bringing my own.

When I’m buying just a few items at any store, I always say “no bag, please.” More and more stores are starting to ask whether you want one.

make a smaller ecological footprint (read all 3 entries…)
Something I'm already doing...

I’m fortunate that Longmont has an excellent city-run recycling program. I have a large curbside recycling bin alongside my trash bin. One side of it is for paper, the other for “mixed containers” (glass, plastic, metal). I also recycle cardboard and paperboard, which I have to take to EcoCycle myself.

My household of 2 adults (+ cat) produces just one kitchen bag of trash a week, and it is VERY light and usually not even full. This makes me happy. When I was a kid, I always wanted to recycle, but my Mom refused. She didn’t want to deal with bins. Now that I run my own home, I get to do things the way I want :)

make a smaller ecological footprint (read all 3 entries…)
All wind power!

I have signed up for 100% wind generated electricity through my utility company. It’s produced at the Medicine Bow wind farm in Wyoming, and it only costs me about $15 extra a month.

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