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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northernsky's Life List

  1. 1. get out of debt
    3 entries . 4 cheers
    12,260 people
  2. 2. sell my artwork
    3 cheers
    218 people
  3. 3. be in a relationship
    229 people
  4. 4. Take a photo every day
    1 cheer
    1,083 people
  5. 5. learn sign language
    8,505 people
  6. 6. read every book I own
    2,102 people
  7. 7. Read 50 books in 2008
    14 entries . 7 cheers
    185 people
  8. 8. grow and donate my hair
    7 entries . 6 cheers
    15 people
  9. 9. learn to bartend
    635 people
  10. 10. watch all movies on AFI's 100 Best movies list
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    446 people
  11. 11. Learn how to cook 10 good meals
    1 cheer
    97 people
  12. 12. Get more sleep
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    4,457 people
  13. 13. Learn to juggle
    2 cheers
    1,317 people
  14. 14. Keep an illustrated journal
    8 cheers
    13 people
  15. 15. Learn to play an instrument
    3 cheers
    1,412 people
  16. 16. Run away and join the circus
    1 cheer
    13 people
  17. 17. see the northern lights
    19,121 people
  18. 18. live alone
    411 people
  19. 19. visit all 50 states
    3 entries
    9,055 people
  20. 20. live in a foreign country
    1 cheer
    2,435 people
  21. 21. Speak French fluently
    1 cheer
    2,311 people
  22. 22. visit all the Paris locations of the film Amélie
    4 cheers
    86 people
  23. 23. live in a house with hidden rooms and trap doors, and some kind of secret tunnel
    2 cheers
    29 people
  24. 24. Learn to swing dance
    2 cheers
    1,161 people
  25. 25. Learn to tango
    1,155 people
  26. 26. create a graphic novel
    2 entries
    257 people
  27. 27. live simply
    2 cheers
    3,227 people
  28. 28. Make a postcard and send it to Post Secret
    1 cheer
    204 people
  29. 29. Practice random acts of kindness
    738 people
  30. 30. Watch "The Wizard of Oz" at the same time as listening to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"
    402 people
  31. 31. Finish what I write
    2 cheers
    2 people
  32. 32. build a house with habitat for humanity
    2 cheers
    308 people
  33. 33. make my own valentines
    29 people
  34. 34. write a book
    31,378 people
  35. 35. Open a used bookstore
    4 cheers
    22 people
  36. 36. finish my scrapbook
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    354 people
  37. 37. learn to blow glass
    178 people
  38. 38. learn how to drive stick-shift
    4,445 people
  39. 39. fill my sketch book
    1 cheer
    41 people
Recent entries
grow and donate my hair (read all 7 entries…)
Done! (Almost.)

I did the Big Cut on May 30, and it was just barely the minimum 10 inches. It’s currently still rubber-banded and sitting in a bag in my room. I should probably look up where to send it to, huh?



visit all 50 states (read all 3 entries…)
Total as of September 2008

New Jersey
Pennsylvania
New York
Virginia
Washington
Florida
Maryland
Massachusetts


Ohio
Indiana
Illinois
Iowa
Nebraska
Colorado
Arizona
Nevada


Tennessee


Connecticut
Vermont
California

Total: 20



read 50 books in 2008 (read all 14 entries…)
#1 - Goodbye, Chunky Rice

I came across this in my library while looking for Craig Thompson’s “Blankets,” they didn’t have it and I’d heard good things about it so I checked it out.

About eight pages into it, I was about to cry. So I put it down and came back to it later that evening. Wow. What a beautiful story. It’s books like these that I hope will make people realize that the “graphic novel” is in fact an acceptable means of storytelling and is not somehow inferior because it’s a “comic.”



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