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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complete an online art history class
study art history

I want to get back into art history as well as practicing art. I will start by taking an online art history class through Oxford University. It will start in September and requires about 10 hours of study per week. I’m going to be busy on top of everything else, but I need to get back into the art world. I’ll update with the course title when I make my final decision.

writing real letters
writing letters!

I want to write at least one real letter a week and overall increase my contact with people. While living abroad, I feel a little distanced from people back home, so I want to get back in touch and be in better touch in a more fruitful way than just looking at facebook.

be comfortable with basic conversational Japanese this next year
improve my Japanese

I want to get comfortable with basic conversational Japanese within the next year. I live in Japan and want to make more progress towards speaking basic Japanese without worry about mistakes. I am not in school for Japanese, so I need to be self-disciplined about studying and seek more opportunities to speak in Japanese. I plan to attend at least weekly private lessons, increase my chances to speak Japanese by being more active in my community, and to study on my own at least 7 hours a week to begin with. I want my focus with learning this year to be more interactive and natural, so I don’t want to push the books to the exclusion of face-to-face conversations.

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