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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AailuterFor The Better

Poor Ilsa – the dog I was fostering. What was thought to be a temporary obstruction causing her to be ill turned out to be a genetic condition. So, I had to take her back in the hopes someone else would adopt her, as I could not take care of her due to the excessiveness of her symptoms and frequency of their causing her upset. So – after weeks of very little sleep and much scrubbing of the apartment, I took her back. Many tears.

I just went back a few weeks ago, and they’ve assured me she’s stabilized with a family and a yard, so she is doing better. That’s good news.

I miss her. But I also learned a lot: that I still have trouble finding the city a good place to keep a dog, that the commitment is a special, ongoing, demanding one – and you have to be ready to constantly uphold it. Also, that if you can’t take care of the dog properly, the only thing to do is give the dog to those who can…which is heartbreaking. But the right thing to do.

So – will I have a dog for myself? If I can get a house with a yard, yes. But not until then. 5 months ago

ael2fypLab retriever

The dream is to have an akita, but a lab will suit us more :) 6 months ago


Let the house breaking begin!! :) 7 months ago


Timeline: once I’m married
Necessary resources: money, approval of my husband 7 months ago

mrcreedits official

Pick him up in two weeks :)

not him in the pic,actual photos to come8 months ago

~ John Lee ~the latest member of the herd

meet Ricky

formal name: Ricardo Joachim 8 months ago


:) 9 months ago


This will be more feasible once we FIND A NEW HOME FOR SMUDGE10 months ago


Well, it’s going to be a while, b/c I have determined that whenever we finally move into an apt, we have to get a dog at the same time, which requires even more money, so it’s going to be a whiiiiile.

But we generally agreed on a few things:
1) to try to find said dog at an animal shelter (or take one from a friend who has to give theirs up b/c of moving, etc)
2) to try to find a younger dog, so that they’ll be with us a long time
3) to try to find a dog that’s on the smaller side, so that I can pick it up myself in case of emergency (or during a long walk, or whatever) and so we can snuggle, and that whatever small place we’re in will be the right size (not a big dog crammed in a tiny space)

I’m sure we’ll go somewhere and just HAVE to have a dog we see, and all these thoughts will just be thrown right out the window, but these are the general thoughts for now! 11 months ago


Just a pic of her and I settling in for a snooze. 11 months ago

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