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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Wish Robot Laurel Fan a Happy Birthday November 12


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joie de vivreHappy Birthday, Laurel

As I look over your goal list and completed goals, it appears that many have to do with being in high places – climbing mountains, seeing volcanoes, hiking the Enchantments. Other than swimming in a lake (and for all I know, it was an alpine lake), it appears that water is not in your consciousness.

So, I send you birthday greetings from the sea. Imagine the water lapping in, the roar of the surf, the smell of kelp drying in the sun, the cry of seagulls, and then maybe much higher, an eagle or osprey kettling overhead. Just a little bit of ocean, to contrast with all those lichen-covered crags and snow-capped peaks. 5 years ago

Joe GoldbergShould be easy

I’ll say it in person tomorrow at work :) 5 years ago


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