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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travel around the country in a van for a year and blog the whole experience


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davidd30 December 2008

For now, I am giving up. I have too many financial responsibilities and not enough financial savvy to pay the bills while living on the road.

Besides, I haven’t been a consistent blogger lately. 5 years ago


Some years ago a friend of mine was planning to sell her 1963 VW bus. I seriously considered buying it from her, as I had long held a dream, albeit a nebulous dream, as dreams are wont to be, of traveling around the country in a modified bus or van.

Alas, I couldn’t scrape together the money in time; obviously, I wouldn’t have been able to afford a cross-country trip at the time, either. But while the dream was alive, I sketched out these potential colour schemes for the van. I had grand visions of a wildly retro (or “old skool”) flower-power paint job. It’s probably just as well the dream didn’t materialize—in a van painted like this, I can fully imagine an Easy Rider scenario, or worse (Deliverance), playing out as I followed those blue highways into the “family values” (read: inbred hillbilly right-wing redneck) areas of our great country.

No van. No cross-country rambling. Not yet, anyway. Maybe, though… someday. 8 years ago


Yeah, like I can even keep a travel journal for a week, let alone for a year! And my photos suck, too! Gotta work on that.

Still… this would be SO MUCH FUN!

Until the van breaks down and the money runs out. 8 years ago

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