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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I'm doing 38 things

smorris's Life List

  1. 1. Read 10 books in 2014
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    6 people
  2. 2. go to a F1 Grand Prix
    2 entries
    2 people
  3. 3. Read Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
    1 person
  4. 4. Watch Game of Thrones Season 1-3
    1 person
  5. 5. Clear box room of crap so that it can be decorated
    1 cheer
    1 person
  6. 6. sort out the box in the middle of my room
    2 entries . 20 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. Sort out my cupboard and get rid of papers I don't need
    1 person
  8. 8. cancel world vision child sponsorship
    2 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. finish all the lego wii games
    7 entries
    1 person
  10. 10. get a job
    4 entries . 19 cheers
    12,585 people
  11. 11. Update map with places visited and photos
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. Read the BBC's "The Big Read - Books 1-100"
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  13. 13. Watch X-Files seasons 1-9
    1 entry . 15 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. Add a portfolio page to my website
    2 entries . 12 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. create some triptyches
    3 entries . 10 cheers
    1 person
  16. 16. Learn how to use my IR camera better
    1 person
  17. 17. learn to take better panoramic pics
    12 cheers
    1 person
  18. 18. Walk the route I've planned on White Horse Hill
    4 entries . 7 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. get a plant for my window sill
    5 entries . 23 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. read all of my unread books that i own
    7 entries . 20 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. write a book
    1 entry . 13 cheers
    31,381 people
  22. 22. see the midnight sun
    17 cheers
    141 people
  23. 23. Take a self portrait I'm happy with for the about page on my website
    7 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. watch the sunrise and sunset
    1 entry . 12 cheers
    171 people
  25. 25. watch a meteor shower in a dark location
    20 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. get a photo sold or published in a magazine
    1 entry . 14 cheers
    1 person
  27. 27. expand my circle of friends
    21 cheers
    97 people
  28. 28. travel around the world
    14 cheers
    5,208 people
  29. 29. Take more pictures of the inside of cathedrals
    3 entries . 17 cheers
    1 person
  30. 30. Take more pictures
    1 entry . 16 cheers
    15,312 people
  31. 31. sort my life out
    22 cheers
    100 people
  32. 32. Attend a photo course weekend somewhere
    24 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. fly in a helicopter
    23 cheers
    276 people
  34. 34. get my own place
    2 entries . 33 cheers
    894 people
  35. 35. get rid of things I don't need
    4 entries . 32 cheers
    239 people
  36. 36. sit at a small fire on the beach
    1 entry . 35 cheers
    2 people
  37. 37. be happy
    43 cheers
    25,048 people
  38. 38. visit every county in the UK
    39 cheers
    3 people

How I did it
How to get a world map and stick it up
It took me
1 month
It made me

How to read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
It took me
9 days
It made me

How to read The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
It took me
9 days
It made me

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Recent entries
get a job (read all 4 entries…)
Might keep this open for a bit longer

I’ve now had the offer letter through and I’ve now signed on the dotted line, it looks like I’ll be on 3 month probation. I guess that means the company can ensure that I am right for the job and giving us both an easy get out card without being stuck in a job that’s not suitable or I don’t enjoy.
So hopefully by September time I’ll be past probation and can look to making other happy changes in my life.

Read 10 books in 2014 (read all 2 entries…)
book 2

Finally managed to finish book 2. This is taken me a while but I am determined to do it.

Book read:
2) pyramids by Terry Pratchett

get a job (read all 4 entries…)
Almost complete

I think I can almost complete this goal now. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had about 3 interviews for a job in my nearest city. Yesterday I heard from the recruitment agency that I’ve definitely got it. Now I’m just waiting for the official job offer to come through and if I’m happy I can sign on the dotted line.

After contracting for the last 2.5 years on and off, its safe to assume that I’ll be taking it. Whilst I’ve enjoyed the flexibility that contracting has to offer, I’ve not really enjoyed the fact that I don’t have paid holiday or sickness etc and it would be nice to have those again. Rather than think I can’t really take time off else I won’t be paid for it.

In the next few days I should be getting the official offer and then I’ll be handing in my notice at my current place. But until then I’ll keep this open.

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