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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Bob1623

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Bob162307-23-2014

Today I am grateful for:
1. Good appointment at the chiropractor
2. I now have a plan
3. My foam roller
4. A call from a friend
5. The vegan zucchini cake I made actually tastes pretty good! 1 hour ago


Bob1623You write poetry?

If you ever do find you have some to share, maybe we could trade some. I have some (another secret of mine) and I don’t let people see mine either. It would be a nice even exchange. 22 hours ago


Bob1623Congratulations

on your being able to talk about 43T with people on the outside. That is a big step and I hope they show the love and compassion warranted such a step. You are a brave person and I commend you.

I agree we are blessed to have so many like-minded people here.

Also, I tried to talk about the closing of the site with one of the people in my life who know I am active here. It did not go over too well. I think I’ll keep 43T my secret. People on the outside really do not understand.

Thank you for sharing so much and bring joy to so many. 1 day ago


Bob1623My Friend B

called me this morning. She will call every so often, most of the time it is right out of the blue. We had a nice talk. We made plans to bike together this weekend. We bike good together. We used to run together before she moved away. We had great runs; talking away the miles, in all kinds of weather. Great races too. We were each other’s best cheerleaders. God, I miss those runs.

Talking with her today made me think of songs, songs for her. I have given her a lot of music as we both like to run to music. I’m not sure I have given her these songs. These are my songs for B.

Blue October – Sway

Band of Horses – No One Gonna Love You

Passenger – Let Her Go1 day ago


Bob1623 1 month ago


Bob1623You are saved

forever in my mind and heart. 1 day ago


Bob1623There is some comfort

in knowing others out there hide their secrets.

It has taken a long time. I finally was to the point where I was actually thinking of revealing some of them. I know those here would understand better than anyone in my RL. I will miss that understanding we have here.

I will miss you also FGR. Are you going to PopClogs? I will likely go there at some point. I will look for you there.

Plus, we found each other here. Out of all the millions of places that exist, we connected here. What are the odds? Let me know where you will be going after 43T. 2 days ago


Bob1623I envy both of you

for I see you both are trusting by nature. You have had bad experiences, but you have learned from them. You read people better now. But by trusting; you take the leap. From there you separate those you can trust from the untrustworthy and the jerks.

I, on the other hand, who do not trust anyone, become paralyzed in inaction. I question everything, only finally doing something after a long agonizing period of doubt.

We all have good and bad experiences. How do we go off in so many different directions? Is it just because we are all so different. 2 days ago


Bob1623I can see your point

on the trust. There is a risk there. Maybe a big risk.

But the greater the risk, the greater the reward.

I’m not much of a big risk taker here. I wonder where I would be if I was?

I don’t think you interrupted. Just joined in. 2 days ago


Bob1623I think you

Have something here. I could certainly use a few tips.

I trust you would give some very good ones. I may even have a few for you. Maybe. 2 days ago


Bob1623I am pretty much

The opposite.

I do not trust anyone. I firmly hold to the view trust has to be earned. But once that trust has been earned, I would do anything for someone.

But betray me, and you have lost me forever.

I’m not sure which of us has the better outlook? In some ways I wish I was more trusting. Guess I have been hurt too many times. 2 days ago


Bob1623I understand

I am much the same. There are times I have been told things in confidence.
I never tell. But I never tell others things I want kept secret.

How about trust? Do you trust others? 2 days ago


Bob1623Indeed

It would be an interesting question.

I take it from your response it is a secret place also? 2 days ago


Bob1623Seeing the Ending Banner

It made me sad to see it today. Finally, we know. I felt like I should tell someone. But there is no one here I can tell. And I thought of this. I wrote it some time ago, but never posted it. I think now is the time.

Yes, now is the time.

Secrets

I have a few secrets in my life (nothing bad or criminal or such, just things I don’t share) and 43Things has always been one of them. I have only talked about 43Things with two people in my life, and even then it was somewhat only as a passing remark. No one, not even my family members, know the extent of what I post here. Or the time I spend here.

This is my place to come and just be me. I can be honest and show how I feel. No one here gives me any grief for that. It is nice to not have to hide feelings for fear someone may be offended, hurt, dismayed, etc.

One can’t help the way they feel. After all, you just feel the way you feel. People need to be able to express that.

This has been my perfect place to share all those thoughts. The encouragement and support has helped me in so many ways.

The picture here is one of my most hidden secrets. I have wanted to post this several times in the past, but just never could. I keep my secrets close. And after all, once told, they are not secrets any more. But I feel those here now will understand. I do consider all of you my friends.

Thanks. 2 days ago


Bob1623 2 days ago


Bob1623More on this hip thing

My hip has been giving me more trouble over vacation. I was limping around a lot. It hurt to walk up hills. It made the vacation a little less enjoyable not being able to move around the way I am used to.

We have a lot of medical type people there. I was talking to one friend who is also a PA and she made the observation that it might not be totally arthritis, but that I also may be injured.

She suggested a chiropractor or PT type person to have look at me and see if they can help. Well, I need to do something. So I called my chiropractor today and made an appointment. Let’s see where this goes. 2 days ago


Bob1623Well, my comment

makes it sound simple, but it really is not.

There is a lot of misinformation out there. How does one find the truth?

And most people do not embrace a plant only life style. I have to take a lot of teasing and mocking for the foods I prefer to eat.

I have one good friend who is vegan. She has taught me a lot and is very encouraging. I owe her. She has likely saved my life.

So yes, you have to make it a priority and stick with it. It does get easier once you make the commitment. 4 days ago


Bob162307-19-2014

Today I am grateful for:
1. Everyone home safe from vacation
2. Lots of play time with little Grand Dude
3. Some relaxing time
4. Nice dinner out
5. Surprise note from a friend 4 days ago


Bob1623One way

try to eat just plants.

It has worked for me. 4 days ago


Bob162307-16-2014

Today I am grateful for:
1. Vacation Week
2. Fun times
3. Bike Rides
4. Naps
5. Beer. 1 week ago


Bob1623How about this one?

From Styx – Don’t Let it End

Doesn’t everyone love Styx???? 1 week ago


Bob162307-11-2014

Today I am grateful for:
1. Hawaiian shirt day
2. Sharing some music with a friend
3. Cheering up a co-worker
4. Getting everything done, and done well
5. Vacation time is here!!! 1 week ago


Bob1623I do think there is

a giant conspiracy.

If this is the case, we have to be smart and not fall into their traps. Only give kind, supportive, encouraging posts. Have a sense of humor. Show compassion.

If you don’t feel this way; then lie.

(Most people post this way here anyway. And I don’t think they are lying when they do.) 1 week ago


Bob1623So Sorry to hear this

Hugs to you BSA

(((((BSA))))) 1 week ago


Bob1623So glad

to have met you here.

And. don’t worry, it will all work out in the end. 1 week ago


Bob1623I did see

I was wondering if it was just me. So good to see all the pics back.

The social media experiment continues…....

And I wonder what will happen next? 1 week ago


Bob162307-08-2014

Today I am grateful for:
1. Out to lunch
2. Beat the rain storm
3. Time to relax
4. Boneless chickenless Buffalo wings
5. Surprise call from a good friend. The highlight of the day. 2 weeks ago


Bob1623A perspective

I wrote this at work today at lunch time. I wasn’t quite sure what goal it should go under. Here seems appropriate I suppose….....

With all the anticipation of 43Things closing and visions of a “banner of doom”, I do wonder what is going on in the headquarters of 43Things. With the latest on pictures being “lost”, I would venture there is absolutely nothing going on at the 43Things headquarters. I picture a couple servers, whiring away in a small closet. No one is paying any attention. The one person who last looked at these has since gone to another job and was told, “Don’t worry about this anymore. Someone will look in on this.” And no one has. And no one will. No one will look at this closet unless the hard drives crash and that closet catches on fire.

I also wonder if maybe 43Things is now a part of some social media experiment. It is Part 2 of the study done on FaceBook There are some diabolical researchers out there, rubbing their fists together over all the posts written about worries, trauma, and anxiety on the demise of 43Things. They are documenting the effects it is having on all the users. Really, this would not surprise me at all. Those crazy scientists!!!

For me, I’m sticking my head in the sand until a notice does come out, or the site just goes down and never comes back. It is a big deal to me. I love it here and rejoice in the fact I have been able to participate. It has been an honor to correspond with all of you. We found each other here. What are the odds on that happening in this world? Also, I figure, if it happened here, it can happen again. There are other sites out there. When the end comes, I am sure I will try out the PopClogging site. I am registered at the 43Refugees. I may even try out others also. We found each other once, it can happen again.

But 43Things will always hold a deep fondness in my heart. Like your first love, no matter how it ended; it was the first, and there is always something special in that first love. (I remember my first love. It was third grade and, well, yes, maybe some other time.)

So I will continue here for as long as 43Things holds out. (Got that social media research mad scientists) Posting as I have, maybe fewer photos as they don’t seem to show up. (If anyone can see those last cemetery pics, let me know. I don’t think they came through.) I’m just continuing as if the world is never going to end.

It will be interesting to see how this all ends up. I want to see it. I guess I like to see the way things end. I feel that way about the end of the world. I want to go out there and watch the big ball of fire come at me, experience it head on and feel the heat as my body explodes into a zillion atomic particles. Hopefully the end of 43Things will not be as cataclysmic. (Now I am visualizing my computer exploding on that final click of my 43Things icon. Yikeeees!)

Here is to Endings……Cheers!!! 2 weeks ago


Bob1623 6 months ago


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