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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I’ve been persistent with codecademy 18 months ago


I know some HTML basics, but I just don’t care much about getting better at it at this time. 2 years ago

jaklumenPractice at We Heart Music and elsewhere

Coding/programming just doesn’t come easily to me; I have been at it for a period spanning about 20 years.

But as I write for a music blog, I do feel motivated to step up my skills just a bit. The guy that runs WHM seems a natural at it—he did a lot with VOX’s crappy interface and still fixes my little mistakes even though TypePad’s interface (where the blog is primarily hosted currently) is better and formatting is a lot easier.

I did have to tell him I had some basic HTML knowledge when I asked for help, but I got some useful pieces to study (again). I’ll have to be more diligent at committing commands to memory. 2 years ago


I always wanted to learn to make HTML layouts. 2 years ago

zura284Letting go this goal

Letting it go. I have more oppotunities in other areas and i can pay people to do the web 3 years ago

Deborah NicholasUntitled

After 2 years, I finally completed my Associates. In the process I learned HTML and absolutely enjoy it! 3 years ago

Bradley AndersonThat's what I get...

I ignored this one too long, and now 4 of my sites have been hacked. And guess what? NO BACKUP! Have to re-create everything from scratch, which will take weeks.

The good news, though, is that I finally figured out why my sales had dried up literally overnight. Grrrrrr!

Silver lining: I’ve learned a LOT about the inner workings of Wordpress, and I’ll be able to make the site better than ever.

[EDIT – 06/30/2011] Evidently, I removed all the offending code. In the last 2 days, I have made almost $100, so it looks like my affiliate links are tracking correctly again. :) 3 years ago


Makes my life a hell of a lot easier! 3 years ago

AylaSo far so good

I have my resume in html format. 3 years ago


Well, this is going quickly. Now it is off to advanced topics. 3 years ago

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