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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It does sound lovely, doesn’t it? It didn’t happen. They were all really busy (one was writing her dissertation, another starting a new job, & so on), & the date on this post reminds me that it was just before one of the hardest summers of my life. I still want to do something like this . . . will have to think about with whom & when/how/where. 10 months ago

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JF! 2 years ago

RuthGHappy anniversary, 43twin!

This has been such a great place to meet good-hearted people like you while pursuing one’s goals & dreams. Thanks for helping to spark many 43 meetups & for always being so supportive & thoughtful. You are a gem! 2 years ago

RuthGThank you, Todd!

It WAS our 43T anniversary! I appreciate your kind thoughts, 43 twin. 2 years ago


they say that so many repetitions are not really effective. It would probably be optimal to do several different kinds of crunches, just 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps of each.

But the DOING is always lots harder than the theory, right?! 2 years ago

RuthGWay to go!!

This is NOT easy. We’re proud of you!

(And nice to see you again – it’s been quite a while!) 2 years ago

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RuthGOh, I hope you can keep it.

If you do leave your house, get your daughter & SIL to help with the piano, & make it a family excursion to Tucson in a rented truck! 4 years ago

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RuthGIt's also African!

Cooked greens with a bit of peanut butter sauce = yum! 3 years ago

RuthGThat is very, very strange.

I don’t understand it either! Maybe Todd could help us—I’ll ask him. 3 years ago

RuthGOn my profile page,

under my name at the top, you should see a link that says “Open conversation.” Click on it, & what you write there will come to me as a private e-mail.

I wanted to do this on your page, but there is no link for it. :-(

On your own page, you should click on “Your Account” (top let); then you will see “Allow other people to send me private messages” under “E-mail preferences.” If you click to leave a check mark there, I will be able to send you a message. 3 years ago

RuthGHi friend,

I’m so glad you’re here and having a good time! I would love to meet you. Your account doesn’t allow me to send you a private message, though. Can you send me a private message from my profile page? 3 years ago

RuthGVery cool

Hey old friend—do you not allow private messages? I’d love to catch up with you! It’s great to see you back here. Hugs. 3 years ago


Your list makes me chuckle now, Tink. Good to see you back! 3 years ago

RuthGThey ARE growing up!

It’s fun to hear about them at this stage. You are a great mom. 3 years ago

RuthGEnlightenment on the bus

It happened this morning that I was on the same bus as a young colleague who took my course in March. When I told her that I still had a lot of work before I could get my responses back to everyone, she said none of the other teachers in this course sequence did that! In the developmental editing course (the last in the sequence) she took recently, someone asked the instructor about it, & she flat-out said, “No, I don’t have time to write comments to everyone & send their projects back.”

Well, yeah, I don’t either! For some reason this hadn’t come up when I met with the other instructors to go over curriculum & practices. I had just assumed it was part of the job. My student assured me, “We aren’t expecting it – don’t worry about it.”

What a huge relief. I think I will return the markups that I have done on the work of the first students (maybe 8?) to send me their work, & let them know this is a perk for being extra-prompt. Then I can move on to a pending task for my next round of the class, which comes in late July: making the syllabus more detailed & informative.

In that upcoming class, I will make short assignments on the first two days, give students some class time to complete them, & hunker down in the evenings to mark up their work. Then they’ll have some direct personal feedback that’s immediate – the best kind.

I cannot say what a big relief this is. I feel like I have my life back. 3 years ago

RuthG 3 years ago

RuthGColombia, yay!

:-) 3 years ago

RuthGThat's a wonderful achievement!

Congrats, Deni! 3 years ago


hooooo! 3 years ago

RuthGHappy birthday, dear Razz!

This sounds like a fabulous celebration! 3 years ago


Hope things cheer up soon. So glad the unearthed diary can make you laugh in the meantime! 3 years ago

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