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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...was my life for awhile. And it was one of the best things I ever decided to do. 2 years ago

J PJournal App - iphone / ipad / mac

For anyone with a mac or iOS device, I highly recommend Day One. It uses Dropbox for syncing. This is really helpful to make writing more accessible and harder to lose. I can write something while out and not worry about keeping up with anything beyond what I already have on me.

After using it for most of this year, I finally got around to importing entries from another app that I hoped would improve the past couple years but has remained messy. 3 years ago

J PTrack Lessons Learned, Important Events

I’ve journaled somewhat regularly for the past 13 years.
I want to continue this and try to better capture important ongoings, stages, lessons in order to best learn and apply what I’ve seen and been through. 3 years ago


I have sooooooo much trouble with this. I bounce around from site to site. Hopefully, tumblrs here to stay (Probably not).

I want to set up a site, preferably private? Just so I don’t have to carry journal’s around. I have always had terrible luck with physical journals.

Hopefully, I can make this creative and fun. Photoshop maybe? 3 years ago


I always forget how therapeutic this can be for me. I usually only do this when I am feeling sad or frustrated, but I realize that doing it even when I am up, helps me to stay in aware of myself and my emotions. 3 years ago


write anything :) 3 years ago

hollygolightly07A pattern I've noticed

If I go through a bout of pointlessness or depression in my life I stop journaling. I am going through this right now, and I care so little that my notebook is just out on my floor for anyone to see. I want to find some purpose again. Hopefully I can start writing again and it could help bring me up out of this rut I’ve dug for myself. 4 years ago

that one girlreading.

  • i just finished reading big stone gap by adriana trigiani. ugh. it’s too early on a Tuesday following an extended weekend for things to be resonating in my soul. I’ve been up for three hours, reading for two of them. there have been several times while reading this book that i wished i had had a post-it to mark my page. but this last page. . . “i want to watch the two of them forever – a daughter learning to trust, and a father doing the thing he does best: protecting her.” I am intrigued to think that my own father’s actions, or lack there of really, protected me. his love, although completely unintentional, reminds me of vaccines, the live kind, a little dangerous themselves, but after you get so many your body builds up antibodies to protect itself. strange. fathers are as strange to me as the idea of a never ending universe, do i still believe in them: absolutely, do i choose not to give myself a headache by thinking about them: yes.
  • same topic, different angle. took me three days to read this book. not a new speed record by any means. the concept is strange though. reading for fun. textbooks suck the pleasure from reading like weeds suck the goodness from the earth. i am surprised by people reactions to my toting a book around in my purse. some people are shocked, as if reading for fun is a hobby left to small children and the elderly, maybe the single and lonely. I’ll go out on a limb here, but may the sight of me, a “pretty” girl, married, feet kicked up on a semi truck tire (attached to the truck of course) at a race track, ignoring the constant roar of engines and the traffic of men in fire safe suits – isn’t one people see everyday. I do wonder now, curiously in a non-worried sense what people wonder about me, in situations like that. i do. i do. 4 years ago


It’s like nine months that I’ve been writing my journal. I decided to use a blog for it, as it is more convenient for me to write on a keyboard. Plus I don’t need to worry that someone’ll find my notebook or something.
Hopefully I’ll keep on writing! 4 years ago


I’ve formed this habit of journaling ever since I learned how to write in about third grade or so. It’s a good way to remember your life, to look back and reflect. I spend anywhere between a few minutes to a good few hours just writing away. Begin today and write when you’re inspired, it helps me the most. 4 years ago

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