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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A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other

"For every step ahead, we could have just been seated"



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A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other's Life List

  1. 1. Go schnuts with writings unbridled that will, upon the closing of 43Things, go gentle into that good night. "Not for the proud man apart /From the raging moon I write / On these spindrift pages."
    5 entries . 9 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."
    4 entries . 13 cheers
    2 people
  3. 3. do something
    882 entries . 53 cheers
    110 people
  4. 4. be a (less derivative) painter
    44 entries . 103 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. embrace my inner Canadian
    34 entries . 102 cheers
    0 people
  6. 6. succinct resolution for 2014: NEW IDEALISM
    7 entries . 13 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful.
    477 entries . 20 cheers
    871 people
  8. 8. embrace shibumi and wabi-sabi in my surroundings and life
    17 entries . 39 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. learn "Take Five" on clarinet
    6 entries . 34 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. create another 10 episodes of my not-for-money, just-for-fun comic strip "Loser Girl"
    18 entries . 71 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. drive, she said
    16 entries . 33 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. polish my knowledge of Canadian history to a shine
    2 entries . 39 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Tell the events of my life-story, linked by themes of redemption
    8 entries . 12 cheers
    2 people
  14. 14. do something neat with synesthesia: give me another 43 words and I will tell you what they taste like
    7 entries . 66 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. rat + pet writeology
    2 team members . 40 entries . 37 cheers
    2 people
  16. 16. visit Claude Monet's house at Giverny
    2 entries . 122 cheers
    13 people
  17. 17. read Proust
    14 entries . 86 cheers
    79 people
  18. 18. learn to sew and hand-embroider
    5 entries . 96 cheers
    2 people
  19. 19. Grow a Secret Garden
    9 entries . 118 cheers
    3 people
  20. 20. have a beautiful garden
    27 entries . 138 cheers
    167 people
  21. 21. publish cartoons in the New Yorker
    4 entries . 75 cheers
    2 people
  22. 22. be an unapologetic fusspot about basic grammatical niceties - is bothering to know the difference between there, their and they're truly unimportant and/or impossible?
    9 entries . 33 cheers
    1 person
  23. 23. taste every flavour of KitKat from around the world
    51 entries . 54 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. build a walk-in cocoon
    6 entries . 67 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. go on ad finitum about feminist issues
    4 entries . 59 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. become computer savvy
    8 entries . 43 cheers
    5 people
  27. 27. Make steamed puddings
    11 entries . 34 cheers
    2 people
  28. 28. read finnegan's wake
    4 entries . 33 cheers
    85 people
  29. 29. learn secret spy skills
    10 entries . 59 cheers
    276 people
  30. 30. fully restore my century house
    6 entries . 47 cheers
    1 person
  31. 31. chronicle ballet, 2010 through at least 2044
    15 entries . 12 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. learn the "Thriller dance"
    1 entry . 60 cheers
    2,733 people
  33. 33. embrace Nadsat in common vernacular
    7 entries . 18 cheers
    2 people
  34. 34. keep a food gournal
    6 team members . 807 entries . 16 cheers
    8 people
  35. 35. make up another cool typeface, with serifs
    31 cheers
    1 person
  36. 36. Learn to tango
    1 entry . 20 cheers
    1,155 people
  37. 37. get knitty
    8 entries . 11 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. make a hope/treasure chest
    2 entries . 15 cheers
    2 people
  39. 39. note 43 quirks of the past and current conversational
    5 entries . 7 cheers
    1 person
  40. 40. make an orrery
    6 cheers
    2 people
  41. 41. Stay in touch with 43 thing friends :-)
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    20 people
  42. 42. Hang out here till the lights go out.
    5 cheers
    29 people
  43. 43. Carouse in Paris et al with the unforgettable, irreplaceable Tikini.
    2 cheers
    1 person

How I did it
How to wish wren a joyous birthday on August 24...Happy Birthday, wren!!!
It took me
1 day
It made me
Virgoriffic!


How to wear Red for Women - February 1, 2013
It took me
1 day
It made me
on-kilter!


How to mend a broken heart
It took me
10 years
It made me
suffer no more


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do something (read all 882 entries…)
Wha- whu- WHAT? Monday!

1. weed out
2. jump in
3. the tions of affec and atten
4. enjoy the heat
5. hello friends and compatriots!



do something (read all 882 entries…)
Friday

Good morning! Why am I still here?

1. Spackle.

2. Pick paint off mouldings.

3. I forgot! Coffee with sister ballerinas.

4. Tend the garden and pick its weeds.

5. Learn how to make barbed wire.

6. Attentions, affections.



succinct resolution for 2014: NEW IDEALISM (read all 7 entries…)
I am going to close my eyes.

I am going to sleep, perchance to dream.
The dreams will be good. They will be of high leaps and true love and of dance.
When I awaken in the morning, I will be refreshed of spirit. I will be an IDEALIST.

Truth or dare?



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