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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How I did it
How to get the message to as many people as possible that 43THINGS is CLOSING!
It took me
1 day
It made me
very very sad

How to complete my profile as a freelancer
It took me
3 weeks
It made me

How to develop a calming night routine
It took me
2 months
It made me
sleep better

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Message from Robots: Re. no banner

As I wrote a while ago I wrote asking the robots politely why there was no banner and explaining that it was difficult to get the word out without that. Kathy’s reply puts paid to all our hopeful speculations that the lack of banner means it won’t actually close:

Hi sorbet87,

Yes, we are working on a site banner as well as an email, it’s just taking longer than expected. We’re also building a tool that will allow users to download their content.

Hopefully we'll be able to get this out to you this week.

Thanks for writing,

Email was dated 14/7 :(

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Emailed about the lack of banner

Today I wrote to the robots (Kathy) explaining that we were struggling to get the word out and asking whether a banner would be put up, and if so when?

I did try to phrase it quite gently and politely though. From the Quora post going around I can’t help but think there’s no resources left at 43T, and no staff, so Kathy might be sending emails in her own time out of the goodness of her heart. That would mean there also isn’t anyone to design and upload a banner…Just speculation of course, I could be way off.

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Brilliant tool for backing up all your 43T data!

I just wanted to repost this because it worked for me and I want others to have the chance to use it. But I take no credit whatsoever for it- it came to me from RU via SPATZ so massive thanks to them and if anyone else is due credit please let me know!

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