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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amandaperl 2 years ago

amandaperlThis goal continues to be tricky

I sometimes have to fight to not beat myself up over not doing more or different kinds of contributing. I am careful what entries I write, but truthfully the first thought that pops into my head when I am scrolling through my goals is “Oh, yeah, I ought to get on that goal.” There are many things I am doing for my community. This does not mean that both I and my community would not benefit from me doing other actions, but it also doesn’t mean that the ones I am doing are not good enough.

I also don’t have to do exactly the same amount as someone else to be a good person. I am who I am, I have the life history and body that I was given, and I can only do so much. 2 years ago

amandaperlSharing creative and frugal ideas

At Scrap they took a pic of my waterproof bag to put on their facebook. I’ve also been talking up swaps a whole lot. I’m very excited about this weekend’s. 2 years ago

amandaperlFabulous work day!

I was taken to a fancy luncheon as a thank-you for my hard work on the Alzheimer’s walk, and then in the evening I threw a modest fundraiser dinner for the local branch of Quilts of Valor. What a treat to fundraise for people with modest expectations! They had a fundraising goal of $50 or maybe $100. We had over $200 before the event started, and our event will more than cover their next YEAR’s expenses. I realize I really do “give at the office;” both money and time, so maybe I should stop beating myself up for not volunteering more; I already do. 2 years ago

amandaperlSo may people

are doing so many cool things. I want in! For today, deciding I want to do something is enough. Tomorrow I’ll work on taking the second step. 2 years ago


Today is MLK Day. I’m troubled by all the injustice I see around me, what can I do? 2 years ago


I’m teaching a bike class to underprivileged youth on Saturdays. They are really cute, we have fun together.

I have been watching the Occupy protests with a lot of interest. I sympathize with them, and even brought some food and water to the protestors in town, but didn’t stick around. Maybe I was too afraid to. Maybe I’m too skeptical that they won’t make a difference in the end. :( 3 years ago

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