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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flying irishmanHave been reading

quite a lot this year. YA, mystery/suspense, mainstream literary fiction. Am now reading House of Leaves, a bizarre dark story published in 2000, about among other things, a haunted/possessed house. 4 months ago


flying irishmanI haven't

been doing this, but I’m trying again this week. I think I’ve got a pretty good story to tell, and short of winning the lottery, I think making it as a novelist is my best chance to to move with my wife close to our many nieces and nephews and brothers and sister and parents and feel more connected to them. Well, obviously my wife has a better chance of making it big as a novelist, having already published two excellent books. I suppose there’s some chance we could both succeed, however slim. 4 months ago


flying irishmanMine

are already kicking in, but I’ve never gotten a shot before. 4 months ago


flying irishmanIs this

still in the works? Here’s hoping it works out. 4 months ago


flying irishmanMaybe

send a thanks for the interview note? Good luck! 4 months ago


flying irishmanAny other YA

you’d like to recommend? 4 months ago


flying irishmanI have more

pics to post, but I keep getting a message saying my pics are too big. This didn’t use to be the case. Hm. 4 months ago


flying irishmanCosta Rica

We were there six days, including Christmas. It was a wonderful trip—well, day 6 wasn’t quite as good as the others, but then we learned a valuable lesson about how to avoid traveler’s sickness. The rest of the trip was truly great.

I took about a dozen pics of this scarlet macaw before getting one that is mostly focused. 4 months ago


flying irishman 5 months ago


flying irishmanIt's great

to read about how good things are with you these days. 5 months ago


flying irishmanI am

very glad to have been asked to participate in this goal. Can hardly wait. 5 months ago


flying irishmanGinger

My wife and I put Ginger to sleep yesterday. I can only hope we did the right thing for our beloved dog. She could no longer see or hear and had trouble walking for more than a minute at a time, but she would respond lovingly to touch and was a great friend to the end. It’s been terrible to lose her in this way. 5 months ago


flying irishmanI suspect

I will like this edition better than any other by a long shot. Look forward to seeing it. 5 months ago


flying irishmanDo you see

a nice jail cell in his future? (Sounds as though he’s earned one!) 5 months ago


flying irishmanWe have three,

but Ginger is now nearly 13 and mostly blind and deaf and has trouble walking outside into the yard much less trying to learn new tricks. She’s already a big sweetheart who wouldn’t hurt a rabbit, not once in her entire golden retriever life. My wife and I actually caught her pretending not to see a bunny once when it came her way, desperately trying to escape the paws of our other golden, Pumpkin the Great Hunter, gone now these last three years.

Moxie is trainable. I know of one person who shall remain nameless who has underestimated her high intelligence. She is a 11.8 pound terrier mix, and a fine watchdog and great cuddly little friend.

Finally, we have Clio, the new dog. We’ve yet to weigh her, but I think she’s every bit of 18 pounds or more. A rat terrier, she stands a full three inches taller than Moxie and has little trouble tackling our former champion. It’s for Clio more than the others that we’re becoming serious about dog training. She will be a wonderful dog if she just learns a few things. 5 months ago


flying irishman 5 months ago


flying irishmanSome small chance

I’ll take one look at this thing and decide it’s too damn tall. In which case, I’ll have to give up on this goal. 5 months ago


flying irishmanSleep is

by and large, a very dull subject. No wonder thinking about it makes me tired. 5 months ago


flying irishmanWhen I was 18,

I was certain that if my parents would just allow me to live at home and make writing my full-time job, I’d be the next F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I never got that change, but I have to admit, no matter how much free time I had on my hands at 18, I was never going to be F. Scott (who wrote his first book late into the night on the weekends when he could get away from the army barracks and find a quiet hotel where he could write). 5 months ago


flying irishmanSome weekends

are superfab almost effortlessly. Some you have to work at it. Am expecting a superfab effortless one in a a couple days. 5 months ago


flying irishmanI still nibble away

at this massive project now and again. I’m reluctant to go all in, because to do it right, I’ll hardly have time for anything else. 5 months ago


flying irishmanI'll start

with the Costa Rica trip pics. Haven’t done anything with them yet. Will post a few good ones to this site. 5 months ago


flying irishmanmust first

win a mid-sized lottery. Too bad there’s no longer an Irish Sweepstakes. 5 months ago


flying irishmanAm hoping

to arrange a visit to see my Providence brother sometime this spring. His kids are growing up rapidly and I’m missing it. And I hate that. 5 months ago


flying irishmanHere's hoping

you catch the embezzler in the act. 5 months ago


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