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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Go back to Africa


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ellenlouiseBack to Africa!

After going to Africa in summer 2003 with my dear friends Mathew and Ben, on a self-guided overland tour of eastern Zambia and a good chunk of Malawi, I really wanted to go back.

I made it happen with 3 dear friends from law school, Benita, Lauren, and JoAnn. JoAnn was also making a returning trip, having studied in Cape Town in 2000, and then having an abbreviated return after she graduated from college.

We signed up for an overland tour starting in Victoria Falls (but the Zambian side, Livingstone), through Namibia’s Caprivi strip to Botswana and Chobe National Park, and then to the Okavango Delta. Then it was on into Namibia, to the sand dunes at Swakopmund and Sossusvlei, the cave paintings, Etosha National Park with it’s salt pan (Etosha means “the great white place”) and then down into South Africa to Cape Town. My friends and I stayed on in Cape Town for a week, one of my favorite cities. One day we drove to Cape Point, and saw whales, penguins, baboons, and an ostrich, all in the same day!

Our final day we spent in Johannesburg, also an incredibly interesting time.

I can’t wait to go back again! 6 years ago


In 2005 I went on a trip to Zambia. I was enchanted by the continent, the highlight of the excursion being Victoria Falls. I want to tour some other African countries with my husband and children someday, so that they may experience what I love about it. 6 years ago


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