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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justinetachikiI never really felt inclined to be near children

In fact, I don’t really like them. I like the ones I am related to a whole lot, but that is about it. I guess I’m lucky that I am related to the one I held. For the holiday season, my cousins from Japan came to America. They also brought their 8month old baby. She is the cutest sweetest thing ever. I even held her. It was beyond exciting. She’s so adorable. I think she’s the only child that I have ever really been so affectionate towards. 3 years ago

av71One month old, wiggly, and curious...

He can’t hold his own head up quite yet, but his eyes were everywhere, exploring the different environment as best he could. He seemed especially attentive to his mom’s voice and nearness—he’d get still and look for her. A big smile was evident when he heard the voice of one of his frequent visitors (an “aunt”, formerly a nurse who is very comfortable with babies). I held him at lunch time but thought of him the rest of the day. I think I’m in love! :) 6 years ago

av71My coworker's baby boy was born...

A week ago today. I haven’t seen him in person yet, just an emailed photo. It was a C-section delivery, so his head wasn’t squeezed out of shape—he’s very cute. 6 years ago

av71Supposed to go to a baby shower today...

The baby is due in July. 6 years ago

av71A co-worker of mine is pregnant...

And I’m so delighted for her! It’s going to be fun to watch her step into that new role. AND, I definitely want to hold the baby after it’s born! :) 7 years ago


I remember holding my old baby sitter’s baby. I forget his name, but I remember holding him and the softness of the blue clothing he was wearing and the smell of baby powder. This is an extremely powerful memory for me- I remember holding him, and feeling like he’d fall apart if I moved the wrong way, even an inch.

I also felt this strange sense of protectiveness, and I think I scratched the surface of what a true guardian feels for their charge.

This is coming from someone that can’t stand human offspring of any nature, whatsoever. 7 years ago

av71Had a dream about this...

Which I don’t really remember. I saw a mom holding a brand new baby at the library so I guess that was what inspired the dream. 7 years ago

OwlfireI held my great nephew

Holding a baby was worth it, even when I got spit-up on.
There was a paucity of burp rags around, so it could have been a bit neater, but oh well. I have had my baby fix for a while! 7 years ago

OwlfireI don't have any kids of my own

I don’t have any children, but lately I have missed the peace of holding a quiet baby…I used to babysit my niece, who just graduated from Kindergarten. So I know that holding a baby can also mean spit-up, screaming in your face, pulling your hair, etc….:-)
But I miss holding a baby when they are all snuggly and sweet. I think I will get to hold my great-nephew at the family vacation on the fourth of July. I can’t wait! I am hoping it will quell my maternal instincts for a while. 7 years ago

lilliputtigerlilybabies are such sweeties

love babies, i do, even before i had my own. even more so, my heart melts at the sight of babies. 7 years ago

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