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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This year. Yes, it will be this year. My finals end next Monday and then I am going to write/edit/revise full-time. 1 month ago

mrsschapiroEditing and revising...

That is not a fun part, especially when I realize I have to modify several things in order for one scene to make sense or worse: I have to delete it completely and rewrite something else – it is so hard to get rid of something that I imagined vividly – but once properly edited, revised and polished, it flows much better. 6 months ago


I wanted to be a writer since I was small, and after reading my previous posts on this goal, I see the patterns being repeated over and over, such as procrastination.

Well, this is a new year and last year I posted that I would be published. I was not and I also did not write much last year, perhaps a couple ideas here and there that I would jot down and then forget about it for several months.

But this year is different, for I feel like I wasted enough of my time playing around. I am getting published this year, and I will also be published in magazines, just to be able to say I did it. 6 months ago

mrsschapiroFound gems buried in my flash drive

It is delicious to read stories I have written such a long time ago. Revisiting those, I wondered, why did I stop? Where did my creativity and inspiration go? Why didn’t I continue? There was something I was trying to achieve when I started those stories, but I did not write any instructions to my future self, and now I am left wondering what to do with them, besides editing and continuing the story.

I was very excited when I found them and I want to finish them.

I think I found my golden manuscript, the key to the publishing world and literary success. 8 months ago


I have around 20 chapters of a fanfiction now… I think I’m leaning more toward manga than books now though. I like manga a lot and I would like the idea of combining art and literature (two of my favorite things) and I already have a story planned out for that. On my way, I guess. 8 months ago

mrsschapiroTo be completed this year

I will publish an ebook because I am unsure what genre is the manuscript I am working on, but I still have children’s books that I plan to publish, and those will be done the traditional way.
I have been very excited about that specific story than writing for kids, that’s why I am taking a break from that.

Once this one is done and published, I will seek an agent for my children’s books. I will have a higher chance to get published if I find one than on my own. I have tried that route already and it did not bring me any luck. 9 months ago


I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year to try and write out an idea I’ve had for quite some time. I have my plot, my characters and stuff all prepared, I have a network of people at the ready and I’m going to really do it this year! I’m very determined :) 9 months ago

HistoryDudeI actually have an offer. When is it "perfect enough?"

The story has been sitting on the back burner for years. I sometimes take it out of the box, add new bits, pieces, and images that were always waiting to be teased out. Last year I hired representation, as I honestly wasn’t sure I could get a manuscript read by a publisher on my own.

On Friday I received a response indicating a great deal of interest. Yesterday I picked the story apart again and wondered what they saw in it. The conundrum is this: Take the offer and publish what I know to be an imperfect product, or continue to tweak the product until I believe it to be perfect?

That said—will it ever be “perfect enough”…?

I need to find where that bar is set. 9 months ago

mrsschapiroQuotes on writing

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
― Henry David Thoreau 9 months ago

lesliephaIf I lost weight, I can definitely do this!!!

Hi everyone,
I am currently editing my teen romance novel but in the past two weeks I have managed to create my own website promoting my book and also a Facebook page, so publishers will more likely take me on if I get enough Likes. Please drop by and support me, so we can all accomplish our dreams together. My website includes a chapter sample so you can get a feel for what my novel’s about and so much more! And don’t forget to pass on the love. Thanks_

Facebook page: L.D. Pha 10 months ago

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