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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DouglasWhat are

Liegois waffles? Do you have a recipe? 5 months ago

DouglasI asked 43 Things Admin

and they told me that they are working on a tool that will allow 43 Things members to save their stuff, i.e. goals, entries, etc. before it shuts down.

I don’t know any more than that but I hope once they have this tool ready they will notify us.

I am sad to see 43 Things end too, but I asked them why its happening and they told me they can no longer afford (monetary) to keep it going. I have seen several posts by others here on 43 Things about trying to purchase 43 Things or put cash into it but I don’t know if any of those were serious or if they even tried or any aspect of the status of that. So I am assuming that 43 Things will end sometime this month. 5 months ago

DouglasThat's a lot

of things to accomplish. Celebrate! But I also see that this post is 2 years old, so where are you now? 5 months ago

DouglasThank you Robots

I want to thank you for maintaining 43 Things. I haven’t often needed your help but every time I have asked you responded.
Thanks for a job well done. 6 months ago

Douglas 6 months ago

DouglasThank you

for the compliment. I am proud of it as well.
This was taken during the “Night Photography” portion of the class. I learned how to take this as well as how to write my name with a light pen and capture it in a photo. It was amazing. 6 months ago

DouglasThere are actually 2 online, 1 in person

And I just finished the in person class. It was fabulous. This photo was one I took during the photography class. 6 months ago

DouglasI am in favor of maintaining

43 Things. But a few comments first.
1) I really like the ad-free style 43 Things has had for the 8+ years I have been on it. I would prefer it stay that way. But I understand things cost money to maintain so maybe it would be okay as long as the ads were minimal and not obtrusive.
I would consider paying for cheers but 5 cheers for $1 seems a little high to me. How about 10 cheers for $1?
Also I would be in favor of an annual membership, though I suspect that would produce less revenue. Not sure what fee would be fair.
2) I can still add goals to my 43 Things. I just now added one to verify that. So I don’t know where Stephen gets the idea you can no longer add goals.
3) Stephen’s comments about 43 Things’ funding ending – do you know for a fact that is what is behind the closure?
4) If the site was saved by purchasing it, I would prefer it retain its name, i.e. 43 Things.
5) I saw another comment on another thread that someone suggested using Kickstarter to purchase and/or fund 43 Things. Sounds like a good idea. 6 months ago

Douglas 6 months ago

DouglasSo, did

you buy a bulb? If so did it come up?

I agree peonies are beautiful and there are many different varieties and cultivars. You mention the layered petals as being one of the traits you admire. I too like that effect. There are also peonies that are called singles, that are a single layer of petals with contrasting stamens in the center. If you have never seen one of these types, they are gorgeous in their own right.
Peonies are not particularly difficult to grow but there are a few tips to keep in mind. Two that come to mind a 1) don’t plant them too deeply, and 2) don’t plant a peony in the same spot that had a peony before. I don’t quite understand the 2nd tip but I have read it in multiple places.
I wish you many happy peony moments. 6 months ago

DouglasSo, its been

about a year since your last post on this. I was wondering if you ever got a new digital camera?

If so, do you like it?
If not, are you still planning on getting one? 6 months ago

DouglasYes, there is

evidence that 43 Things is closing down. The link that jimrin gave shows a short dialog that mostly confirms it. Go to that link and you will see a post from user “Living in God’s Exquisite, Miraculous, Sufficiency” who wrote to 43T admin asking if it was closing and the response she got was yes. So while that is probably true, I don’t understand why the admin doesn’t post an official notice somewhere on the site, or send a global email to all users. I also would like to know why its closing (lack of money, labor shortage, fatigue, other?) because maybe the users could marshal together to solve it.
Of course, I and many other user’s don’t want it to close down at all. 6 months ago

DouglasI have a

facebook account and I don’t particularly care for it as a replacement for 43T. I also looked briefly at Popclogs and it appears to be almost an exact duplicate of 43T but without the limitation of 43 goals. Not having used it I can’t say more.

The robots that run 43T actually have 4 sites. They are
1) 43 Things
2) Lists of Bests
3) All Consuming
4) Shop for Fun.
ON their blog they clearly state that Lists of Bests is closing but it isn’t clear if 43T is also closing. So I have emailed the 43T admin asking if the closure of 43T is true. I have not received an answer yet.
But if its true, why is 43 Things closing? Do they need money to support it? Are they tired of supporting it? What’s the story? 6 months ago

DouglasI have heard the same thing

So I sent my own email to the admin but have not received an answer.

So, I suspect its true even though I haven’t heard from the admin directly.

If true, I would like to know the reason. Is it lack of funds to support it? Lack of people to do the support work? 6 months ago

DouglasCongratulations !

In what field of study are you pursuing a masters? 6 months ago


I plan to. 6 months ago

DouglasI have paid off 1 Card so far.

and lowered the balance on 3 others. 6 months ago

Douglas 6 months ago

DouglasThe Courses are

1) Trading (online)
2) Photography (in person) 6 months ago

DouglasI have completed half of the work for one person

and I am working on the other half now. 6 months ago

DouglasAre you selling

your piano because you don’t play it nor anyone else either?

Or do you need the money?

Do whatever seems best for you, but it seems a bit sad to sell a piano. 7 months ago

DouglasSo, which

path did you decide to take?

Have you given blood? If so how did it go?

I have given blood for many years. So far, I have given 35 donations, which is about 4.5 gallons. My goal is to reach 10 gallons or 80 donations. 8 months ago

DouglasSo, how did

it go? 9 months ago

DouglasYour last post here

on this topic was quite a while ago, so maybe your experience now is different.
If you still have the same boyfriend, or even if you are with someone else, please talk to them about your situation. I hope you can muster enough courage to tell him the entire truth, just as you have written it here. When you do it be clear with him and yourself that you are not telling your story with the expectation that he fixes you in any way.

I believe that expressing your pain (both the pain you had from these experiences and the pain you have now) to someone whom you trust will be one step toward solving your problem with sex. Also, please consider getting counseling. A trained professional who is completely impartial will be a big help to you.

Maybe you have taken some of these steps in the 4 years since your last post here. I hope so, and I wish you well. 9 months ago

DouglasSo did you

have another child? It’s been 5 years since your last post on this goal. 10 months ago

DouglasIf you donate blood

they will tell you your blood type if you ask them. as Robadjuster stated, go to a blood bank to give blood. 11 months ago

Douglas 13 months ago

DouglasSo have you

read you read any of the four books yet?

I have know about and admired Thomas Merton for many years. But while I have read excerpts from his books, I, amazingly, have never actually read one cover to cover.

If you have completed any of these books, I would love to hear your thoughts on any of them. 11 months ago

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