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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.

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was rejected by Birkbeck today – going to close this one as a fail 7 years ago


As I have previously mentioned, I posted my application last week; sent special delivery so I would be sure it arrived before the deadline.

Yesterday I found a piece of paper in the out-tray of the printer. It was the final page of my writing portfolio. Now I know for a fact that the page was not in the out tray the other day. I checked and double checked that every page was present and correct.

If I were an admissions officer for a degree course I don’t think I’d be terribly impressed by a writing sample that has a page missing; particularly the last page that actually makes the entire thing work.

I swore at myself for a number of minutes for my stupidity, but today I think dark forces are at work. Gremlins! 7 years ago

s0bIf my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.

The application went in the post about half an hour ago; sent special delivery and so guaranteed to arrive before the application deadline on Saturday. 7 years ago

s0bsubmission two

It’s completed, in the envelope, and ready to post. I have booked half an hour to run to the post office at 10pm today so it should make it by the deadline (missing only one reference that I have marked as “to follow”)

I have no strong feelings about this application. It’s a stronger one as I have been able to include 5,000 words of prose and a synopsis rather than just 2,500 words; and the personal statement is better formed (useful that I proof read it and removed the reference to Middlesex from the third paragraph). I suspect though that it’s a little late in the day to be trying to get on to the course. 7 years ago

s0bNew Application

“Students are selected on the basis of their degree (this requirement may be waived in certain cases, for example, students with exceptional talent who will benefit from the programme) and a portfolio of work of about 5,000 words, which could consist of short stories, a section of a novel plus synopsis, or a mixture of both; or the equivalent sample of non-fiction writing. Applicants must also submit a personal statement in which they discuss their current writing, ideas for future projects and place their work in the context of contemporary writing” 7 years ago

s0b"it is with deep personal sadness"

I got the offer letter today and I’ve written the return note that turns down the place. 7 years ago

s0bfor the record

I was accepted for the MA course. Unfortunately they have moved it from Tuesday evenings to Tuesday afternoons.

I’m going to have to turn the place down. I’m going to tell them why I’m turning the place down and the unrealistic dreamer in me is going to hope that they will change it back again.

In the mean time I now have two weeks to get an application in to Birkbeck; I have e-mailed them today to track down the application forms and I will start on my modified personal statement at lunch time. 7 years ago


well I did the submission and posted it but it did not get there in time.

They were lovely and let me e-mail something in, although it was not the piece I had edited/prepared and was just something I had lying about the place on my HDD.

They’ll “get back to me if I am going to be called for interview” which I shall take to mean “not a chance matey!” That means that I can’t very well be disappointed.

Will leave for 2 weeks and then give up. 7 years ago


So they want a 2500 piece of prose fiction. They were unable or unwilling to go into any more detail about it.

“Does it have to be self contained?” I asked
“2500 words of prose fiction” was all they said in response
“by when?”
“The 23rd”

That’s two weeks; an easy enough challenge if I were not going jousting on Wednesday, DJing on Friday, and at J’s birthday on Saturday; none of these appointments can be moved or postponed.

Work is frantically busy too.

It looks like I’m going to have to submit something I have already written! 7 years ago

s0bApplication Posted

I posted the application form this morning; it included the form, an academic and personal reference, copies of my degree certificates, and a personal statement.

Rather than putting it through the work post room I took it to the letter box and dropped it in myself so they should have it tomorrow.

I’m excited by the fact that I’ve actually sent the application off rather than just talked about it; however I’m not terribly confident about my chances of being accepted onto the course as it is going to be very over-subscribed and the competition will be fierce.

There, I’ve got my excuses in early 7 years ago

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