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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A few months back, I had a severe falling out with my one close friend who is still living in Thunder Bay. I tried to resolve things, but I don’t think we’ll ever be back on speaking terms.

On the bright side, I’m very close with my girlfriend, I have a growing social circle with a few friends who I now see a few times a week, and I feel like my range of interests and my self-confidence are growing steadily. 14 months ago


I moved across the country. twice. I created a family for myself on the west coast, one that I never knew I’d love so much and miss so terribly. I’m now in the process of doing that on the east coast. It’s kind of fantastic. It makes you feel like you can establish a rich, full life anywhere you go and that you are in charge of your happiness. Kind of awesome. 2 years ago

EvilferretGoing well

I’ve lost 2 of my 3 closest friends recently. One moved to Alberta and the other to Manitoba.

I’ve met a bunch of new people though. There’s a girl who I watch movies with from PlentyOfFish, a couple of guys from Belegarth who I’ve started gaming with, another Belegarther who I’ve known for years who I’ve recently started hanging out with and I’ve gotten much closer with my remaining best friend; we have a weekly drinks and movies night together… I think I’m making some progress here. 3 years ago

Purpurea AemiliaNext step

Yesterday I took part in a some kind of show in Town Theater that my school organized. In the backstage, I made a few new contacts. Now…
I told myself that there’s no point in going out on weekend if I don’t socialize. So I’m going to attend two parties on Saturday, and I’ll try to talk to 5 people I’ve never talked to before. Wish me luck! 3 years ago

Purpurea AemiliaDoing good

I think I’m on the right track on this one. I find it a lot easier to communicate with new people. I still stammer and avoid direct eye contact, but it’s not as obvious as it was before. Also, I even prefer talking to strangers, than to someone I already know.
What’s most important, I’ve learnt to appreciate people who make a first step in meeting me. Getting to know someone new is now a precious experience to me. 4 years ago


.. I can’t believe I wrote this four years ago!

I achieved this by changing locations and being very proactive. 4 years ago


its really time to expand your horizons when youve been hanging out with the same 5 people from high school.. 4 years ago

ewcentro1Saturday Night

I would love to give this goal more attention. Unfortunately, the demands of my day to day leaves little to no room for me to work on this goal and if I did have the time I don’t think I would know where to start.

So for now, I sit alone in my bedroom on a Saturday night 4 years ago


Since I’m somewhat introverted around strangers, my social circle hasn’t grown much throughout university. Added to that is the fact that many people have left the city, and some former friends are now too busy with other commitments to make time for socializing.

I’ve made a few decent friends through Belegarth Medieval Combat, some distant acquaintances through dodgeball, and I’ve met some wonderful people through social networking sites. My social circle is gradually blooming once again, but progress is slow. In time all will be well. I have to keep working on trying new things, meeting new people and generally being more open. 4 years ago


I wk at a newer job. I have been there for a year now. So, I have added a few friends from there. I am also joining this running group that meets on Saturdays, so there is potential for meeting more folks there. Small efforts, but efforts just the same.

Here’s to social circle expansion! 4 years ago

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