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 10 things
 
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become better at small-talk (read all 2 entries…)
"Fake it 'till you make it"

I’ve gotten better at small-talk by repeating the mantra “Fake it ‘till you make it” and trying to remind myself that the best way to talk to people is to get them to talk about themselves. I try to read the headlines of the newspaper online to make sure I’m not caught off-guard with some new and happening info, and when I do speak up, I allow myself the possibility of being wrong. It helps to care a bit less about what other people think, and to remind myself that there are a lot of things that are pretty cool about me and my experiences, too. But I do still shy away from topics where I don’t feel I’ve got enough info. In those cases, I usually just try to ask more questions in order to keep the conversation rolling.

I don’t feel like a big fake anymore; now, I feel like a shy person who doesn’t know everything but who’s willing to hear more. I drum up my “fake curiosity” and somehow after a few hours I’m through another cocktail reception.

In fact, a couple months ago, I didn’t have the courage to stick around and talk to people, then I turned around and went back, and it started the wheels turning for a great new job opportunity! Totally worth it.



Do NaNoWriMo
on my way

I bought Chris Baty’s “No Plot? No Problem!” last summer, and I read it cover to cover yesterday. I am pumped. I finally found a good reason to get myself an ipod (my first mp3 player, don’t laugh) and I’m going to go out and get myself a funny “leave me alone, I’m going to be a novelist” hat. I found a friend to do it with, too! I am afraid, but psyched, for November to arrive.

Now I just need to figure out a main character and some interesting plot ideas to keep me moving…



Paint something and hang it on my wall
it was staring me in the face

I’ve been dreaming of my own house and the canvasses I’d put up and the art I’d buy to decorate, but I didn’t realize that I actually have my own art up on the walls right now… and Right Now actually counts! I don’t need canvasses to show that I’m proud of my work and it’s valid expression of my inner being… the watercolours using kids’ paints that I’ve put up are already art. I just have to keep doing it. huh!



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