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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Dictionary Word Highlighting Project


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I worked on words starting with “C”. 25 letters go to! 2 years ago

PancemasterMore words

A couple of weeks ago, I found a stack of vocabulary flash cards from my senior year. I wrote them down in the list of words to be highlighted. It was about a page and a half. The only thing is, is that I think there are a handful of duplicate words on the list now. 2 years ago

PancemasterAn Explanation

All through my high school time, I had to do flash cards for English class.

I kept them.

One day I noticed they’re taking up a lot of space. (When you have about 500+ index cards, you have a nicely-sized box of paper) So instead of just getting rid of them and the information on them, I tediously recorded every single word I learned in high school.

Now what, I thought.


I have a dictionary. I have a highlighter and a pen.

1. Look up a word on the list.
2. Highlight it in the dictionary.
3. Cross it off on the list.

Might sound boring/crazy/repetitive. It is.

But it makes a damn good time-occupying task for my nieces and nephews! It’s book work, and it teaches them at the same time!

What do I get out of this?

Well I get to see every single word I learned highlighted in the dictionary afterward, which could look pretty cool.

I want to use the sh!t out of my dictionary. 2 years ago


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