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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cyreneI just don't like a lot of them

My mom was a boiler….from the school of “cook it til its dead then cook it some more” My early experiences with vegetables were largely unpleasant. A lot of squishy wet green beans that were cold by the time I forced them down. Swiss chard all the time…bitter and soggy. I don’t think I will ever come to terms with asparagus or artichokes but I’m getting better with some of their cohorts. I like raw veggies and roasted veggies. Cucumbers are wonderful and subtle. I was 30 before I ever had a brussels sprout and I loved it…roasted on the grill with hollandaise sauce. a cauliflower souffle is so good it can make me cry. Then why do I cringe still when meal planning and the topic of ‘what are we going to have as a vegetable’ comes up? I’m a vegetarian even and I still look at my greens with trepidation. Couldn’t we just have mushrooms again? They’re sort of a vegetable? How about we drown it in cheese sauce so it won’t take so vegetable-like? Stuffed tomatoes are a great treat but please don’t give me a plate of carrots. Here in the South people seem to have gotten around dislike of vegetables by deeming such things as macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, and apple sauce vegetables. Although I’m with them in spirit I do think I have larger nutritional needs than that. Can I just have a strawberry daqueri and call it ‘goal met’? Or will I ever be able to wring out my greens and eat them with a smile? 9 years ago


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