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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Serafina Longarinaopen mic at the Underground

I just had my second open mic experience, and I want to write about it simply because it was so much less humiliating than the first one. I helped organize the event, and must have not done a great job because it was rather sparsely attended. But hopefully that made it easier for those who weren’t totally confident to go ahead and do something. When we started to run out of acts, I wanted to prolong it, and since I had my sax with me from wind symphony, I decided to play. One of the pieces we’re playing has this really gorgeous sax melody in it, so I just played that. It’s pretty short and slow, and not at all jazzy (which is what people expect out of a saxophone), but I think people were impressed anyway, because it tends to entail high, loud notes with LOTS of vibrato, and that just sounds good. So people thought I was really good – probably because of the vibrato. 7 years ago


Serafina Longarinaopen-mike night at ADPhi

Awkward. Totally attended the event assuming I wouldn’t perform, then Masumi and I just somehow got sucked into singing “What You Own” from Rent. The key was all wrong and we kept singing each other’s parts. In short, we made fools of ourselves. But somehow, perhaps due to the warm and nonjudgmental audience, it sort of broke the ice, so to speak. I feel that next time I could perhaps prepare something ahead of time and have the courage to go for it. 7 years ago


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