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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FAQ
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read all the books I have before buying new ones


 

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lessisToo many books!

I have about 70 books I need to read. I keep buying them but I have only read about 10. I need to stop. In fact I should go to the library really.

Whenever I come across an interesting book I should
- Check if it is somewhere online free (pdf)
- Check if it is in Library
- Check if I have other books to read
- If any of the above are YES – put it on my to read list and forgetabout it until they are all NO.
- IF all of the above are “NO” ONLY then can I buy it.
- Check if it is on ReaditSwapit
- If I buy it it has to be used / amazon / max few pounds

I have spent about 150-200 pounds on books in the last two years – sure all were used and well priced but honestly why have so many if I wont read them?? I could just borrow a few at a time from the library. Wouldnt have tonns of books hanging around uselessly and I wouldnt spend so much on books! 2 years ago


cjalexanderummm...

Well, instead of buying new ones I have taken to just going to the bookstore and reading them there. Seems I am inventing new ways to keep myself from reading the books I have. But I am reading this fantastic book called A Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible Such a good book; I have been pleasantly surprised. 7 years ago


cjalexanderon my way...

so i layed all my books out last night that i haven’t read yet, in the order in which i want to read them. and i started the first one and am well into it. currently reading: gilead by marilynne robinson 7 years ago


karakathleenthis is hard!

I went to Borders just to get one specific book…and ended up with 3 more… I’m not sure I have the self-control, or time, to make it happen. 7 years ago


CrazyDaisyMeUntitled

...I don’t think I’ve gone into a barnes and noble in the past year without spending at least $90…I think I have a problem…
Haha god I’m such a nerd.
But I love reading.
I’m determined to read ALL my books.

<3
Alison 8 years ago


SparksOeps...did it again

Yesterday…I was in the shop, went almost out without buying, and then I saw the latest John Irving, I couldn’t resist…and then, yes, I also bought another one.

There is a brand new library in our town…need to go there soon, maybe I wont buy books anymore if I see the choice they have. 9 years ago


SparksWow, this is so difficult

I couldn’t resist… it’s like if I’m feeling bad I have to buy some books…when am I going to read all this? 9 years ago


Sparksai ai ai .

.. this is sooooooo difficult 9 years ago


SparksThis is a difficult one

and I bought some new books…oeps!
Sham shame shame… 9 years ago


SparksDidn't buy the book

Yes, this is a start…had a book in my hands (30€), knowing that I couldn’t easily find it in the usual shops…looked criticaly to the index and decided not to buy…. 9 years ago


 

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