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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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mandarcatI've written out my schedule

I’ve decided on writing 1/2 hour each weekday in the evenings, and then two hours each on Saturday and Sunday, for a total of 6.5 hours per week. It might not be much, but it’s 6.5 hours per week than I’m currently writing! 4 years ago


Just for March 2007, I’m ‘transferring’ my entries about this goal to ‘Write 100 words every day’... see my goal list. 7 years ago

Brandy Worrallso

i’m in the mfa creative writing program at ubc. by default, i’m on some sort of schedule. okay, i’m not. but i’m writing. and that’s the point, isn’t it? 8 years ago

Fats73On your marks, get set...

Recently, I have been working on a children’s story for a competition. Entering competitions is a great way of making yourself write more.

Still, I have struggled to find the motivation to stick my bum on a seat and get the first draft done.

I have found a solution. Rather than spend a morning at home with all the usual distractions, I went to my library.

I discovered that my local library (pictured) has an internet cafe and, as a member, I can use it for free. However, all sessions are strictly timed. So at the weekend, I booked a timed session, and wrote my first draft online using Google’s internet word processor The timer, which counts down in the corner of the screen, was a great way of making sure I kept working.

With five minutes to go before they cut my connection, I finished a first draft!

Setting targets is a good way of sticking to a writing schedule, and having ‘false’ targets imposed with a timed internet session is a great way of kick-starting yourself. This is particularly useful when doing first drafts, where it’s all about getting the story on the page without worrying about the details just yet.

Now I just need to edit…! 8 years ago

Brandy Worralloh well

yeah, i suck with this. but i’m going to get my ass kicked in the fall when i start the mfa program at ubc, so i better get used to having a schedule. i’ve also decided to scrap the goal of getting a draft of my first book done by the time i start school-that’s just not going to happen. but saying that takes a lot of pressure off. truth is, i still work at it-and what’s an mfa program for if not to be given time and instruction on writing a book?

there are three projects i must absolutely finish before school starts, or i’m dead, so those are a priority as well. then when school starts, strict scheduling is a must, especially with having to teach a writing class twice a week—and oh yeah, kids to take care of! god help me. 8 years ago

Brandy Worrallwriting for sale

i think i will enter some writing contests—that might get me motivated to do more writing. either that, or get me sidetracked from the real project that i need to focus on! 8 years ago

Brandy Worrallmaybe...

now that i’ve organized my writings, i can get inspired and do that proposal i owe the agent i’ve been talking to. and then continue with my manuscript. monday—we will see. 8 years ago

Brandy WorrallUntitled

my editing job is almost done, so i think i’ll be able to get back to writing this week! finally! i need to get my proposal done and off to the agent too….i think that will help me get back on track. 8 years ago

Brandy Worrallexcuses galore

of course, i think it’s hard to stick to a writing schedule when you got two little ones, ages 1 and 2. but that’s still not a good enough excuse! but it is an excuse for why my entries might sound incomplete sometimes—oh wait, gotta change a poopy diaper… 8 years ago

Brandy Worrallone of these days...

ever since we got back to vancouver, i’ve been really bad about writing, other than journal writing every morning, and recently I started doing my “Poem of the Day” ( ) ...but i’ll be good…soon. 8 years ago

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