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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the last 24 hours of my life seem comedic. I crack myself up. They have been very memorable and not depressing. 6 years ago

light up the darknessThere is double meaning to the title of this goal...

I typed it while taking Neurobiology last school year. Long-term depression is sortof the opposite of long term potentiation (LTP, which is the basis of learning). Unecessary or rarely recalled memories are slowly removed. I look back at the last ten years and it’s very blurry in spots; while earlier years are more clear. I suppose I wish to make every day more interesting and rememberable. So meaning #1. I don’t want to be depressed; meaning #2. I want to live a life worth remembering. 7 years ago

light up the darknessSo Blue Sometimes

Overcoming depression is a goal, but I find myself doubting it so often. I avoid day-dreaming and imagining a happier me…those thoughts are dillusional and only ever end in disappointment. I miss feeling interested and excited by new things.
However, I was truly touched when I last logged on and found that someone had cheered this goal of mine. Thank you. I feel as though others are sharing their hope with me. When I recently found 43 things I felt a need for added support and joined the next day. I am really pleased at how quickly someone encouraged my goal. 7 years ago

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