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 served 3 years and what will be 22 weeks in the US Army as a 74D Chemical Operations Specialist. I have a 119 GT score and a 107 on the DLAB, though I knew nothing about the army and chose Chem Ops because it sounded interesting. I spent 14 months in Iraq and was demoted twice for being present while a soldier was willingly taped up for fun, and allegedly sleeping on a mission even though I had a full conversation with the sergeant that wrote me up. 14 + 45 days of extra duty in Iraq and demoted from Specialist to PFC, then again from PFC to PVT. All because my leadership didn’t like me and felt the original 14 day, company grade article 15 wasn’t enough.
Unfortunately for them, demoting me prevented me from stupidly reenlisting, and now my company is undermanned and I am getting out. The army, like anything, has its ups and downs. I’m sure there are really tight knit units out there where leaders take care of their soldiers and things go right. There are also units like mine, that are racist, prejudice and could care less about you when you need help. I am so glad to get out, I think my last day I might shed a tear. From where I’m sitting, FTA.


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