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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Do Micro Loans (read all 6 entries…)
Four Years of Micro Lending

I’ve now made over 30 loans. As soon as I have $25 in repaid assets in my Kiva account, I just turn around and reinvest it.

I’ve given Kiva loan gift certificates as Christmas presents and as a prize in a drawing at a yard sale I held. My hope is always that the person who makes his first loan will fall in love with the process and just keep it going.

Make a No-Till/Ruth Stout/Lasagna Garden Bed (read all 9 entries…)
Four Years Later

We’ve had that lasagna garden going all this time and it’s been a great success. We even expanded it so we could put in more veggies. Every October or November, I’m out nabbing bags of leaves from the curbs nearby. We’ve moved on to using alpaca poo instead of rabbit droppings because we can get buckets full on one trip to a ranch whereas when I would get rabbit manure, it was sometimes less than one little bag. I wish everyone would take up this form of gardening. It makes my heart hurt to think of all the leaves that are being dumped in the landfills.

Do Micro Loans (read all 6 entries…)
It goes on and on and on!

I’m so glad I did my microlending through Kiva. Because I could reinvest my loan money, once it’s been repaid, I’ve now been able to make twelve loans! Eight have been repaid, and turned into loans for four more people. I plan on reinvesting as long as there’s Kiva!

The picture is Tres Estrellas, a group of women in Bolivia which needed a group loan. Some of their family members are also pictured

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