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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Todd SchoonoverAvittorio

Cinque Terre “le terre del sogni” -7a…
“it was a long hard road, but we got there.”

Avittorio sent me this card as part of his “give 43T” goal. It was from his recent trip to Italy. I love the stamp he used on it, which was part of the USA Building A Nation series.

Postcards 164, 43Thingers 118 14 months ago

Todd SchoonoverAmania alone

Foto: Dariusz Kmiotek

Amania states that she doesn’t think this is the most beautiful postcard, but I disagree. Looking at the colorful buildings and the cloudy skies, I think it’s quite beautiful and unlike anything I encounter here in the States.

Postcards 163, 43Thingers 117 14 months ago

Todd SchoonoverTG Again


The pine circled Echo Lake, (elevation 10,600 ft.) is seen here shortly after climbing from Echo Lake Lodge. The road continues to beautiflu summit Lake and to the top of lofty Mt. Evans (altitude 14,260ft.)

TG sent me this while on a mini-vacation with his daughter while he had his broken leg in August. Please note that the typo in the spelling of “beautiful” is exactly what was printed on the card, not a typo of my own doing.

Postcards 162, 43Thingers 117 14 months ago

Todd SchoonoverSue820

Cypress Gardens

Experience the natural beauty of a blackwater swamp at Cypress Gardens.

Thanks Susan for this wonderful card. I had visited Cypress Gardens in Florida when I was a child, but this is a completely different Cypress Gardens from what I was familiar with. This is a botanical garden in a swamp. My Cypress Gardens closed in 2009.

Postcards 161, 43Thingers 117 18 months ago

Todd SchoonoverForester321 and Amania


I received this card in the mail from Forester321 who was visiting with Amania in Poland.

Postcards 160, 43Thingers 116 19 months ago

Todd SchoonoverTG Again

BIG THICKET National Preserve

19401 Big Thicket National Preserve is a blend of many different habitats controlled by variations in soil, elevation, and water availability.
Photographer-Laurence Parent

I received this postcard from TG last month and am just now scanning it. This was TG’s first vacation of the year, and he remarked on how diverse biologically this area was compared to other parts of Texas.

Postcards 159, 43Thingers 114 19 months ago

Todd SchoonoverTechKat

The Aon Center was completed in 1973, with 83 floors and a height of 1,136 feet; it is the third tallest building in Chicago, surpassed in height by the Willis Tower and the Trump Tower.
Photographer – Richard Cummins

TechKat visit Chicago back in August. She said she wasn’t used to the glitz of the big city, but enjoyed it. That’s great because Chicago is my favorite city to visit.

Postcards 158, 43Thingers 114 2 years ago

Todd SchoonoverTriniprincess Again

Watch – Talk – Click

Over 120 of the best new and recent films from Trinidad + Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora, Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin, Brazil, Africa and India, plus workshops, panels, parties and more

MovieTowne, POS – MovieTowne, Tobago – The Little Carib Theatre – UWI – Studiofilmclub – The Alliance Francaise – The Carlton Savannah – Academy for the Performing Arts – Medulla Art Gallery – Trevor’s Edge – San Fernando Hill

Photograph by Amaldo James

TriniPrincess sent me this card back in October right after their recently concluded film festival.

Postcards 157, 43Thingers 113 2 years ago

Todd SchoonoverTriniprincess Again

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Triniprincess sent me this card back in October. She notes that these buildings weren’t here five years ago, and she wonders what the next five years will bring for this city which is being groomed to be the business capital of the Caribbean.

Postcards 156, 43Thingers 113 2 years ago

Todd SchoonoverTG Again

A view from the top of Mount Silverheels toward the west shows Mt. Bross (14,172 feet) on the left, Mt. Cameron in the center, and to the right, Mt. Lincoln (14,286 feet).

I received this card from TG back in August. I’ve finally got access to a good scanner again so I’m going to be playing catch up for all the cards from the past couple of years.

Postcards 155, 43Thingers 113 2 years ago

Todd SchoonoverTG Again

Welcome to DFA Cache Valley Cheese Plant in Beaver, Utah. Cheese was first produced here in the late 1940’s and is still made fresh daily. Many people make this one of their stops while traveling through southern Utah to purchase our famous Longhorn, Minihorn, New Cheddar and three flavors of squeaky Curd.
Phone (435) 438-2421 – Fax (435) 438-2402
Photo by© Steve Hodges

Got this card from TG in October. He was on his way to meet NevadaGirlAmber the next day. He didn’t like the sound of “squeaky cheese from Beaver”, but liked it. Squeaky cheese is actually a favorite of mine.

Postcards 154, 43Thingers 113 2 years ago

Julie Horst#18 and 19, from Triniprincess

Thanks Trin! :) 2 years ago

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Lost WayfarerWow! Number 9!

April 20, 2012

I got a beautiful postcard from Wisconsin. Another one from Julettsey. I have to say that Eagle Bluff Lighthouse looks very inspiring and I can only image how beautiful it is in the Summer time. I have never been to a lighthouse before, but if I was in Wisconsin, I would have to definitely check this place out. I love to be around any body of water.

Thank you again, Julettasey for helping me with my goal!!

Postcards recieved: 9

Postcards needed: 352 years ago

Lost WayfarerNumber 8 from Julettaskey!

April 19, 2012

I got a postcard from Chicago today! It was from Julettasey! I have never been to Chicago, Illinios, but from the view in the postcard, I might want to visit just to drive along that beautiful roadway.

Thank you Julettasey!

Postcards recieved: 8

Postcards needed: 352 years ago

Lost Wayfarer#7 from Hippiechick!

April 16, 2012

I got my postcard from Hippiechick today! Thank you so very much! It is a beautiful scenic view of the capital of Arizona, Phoenix! Bickle really enjoyed it as well. He volunteered to hold it when I took a picture of it.
Thank you again, Hippiechick for such a lovely card!

Postcards recieved: 7

Postcards needed: 362 years ago

Lost WayfarerI got my 6th one from MPR_8!

April 6, 2012

I got my 6th post card from Mumbai, India. It was from MPR_8. It was lovely. I can’t wait to show the Cowboy’s girls. I saw him on April 6th -8th, but he didn’t have them, so I will have to show them the next time I see them. They are sure to be excited to see what I got from India. I know they will recognize who it is! I am going to show them on the map, where it came from.

Thanks you MPR_8! You will get a picture of two smiling girls holding the post card, as soon as I see them next.

Thanks again! 2 years ago

Lost WayfarerI have 4 post cards coming my way now!! Yay!

March 27, 2012

Lovely news! I got two more hits from fellow 43Thingers to help me accomplish this goal. It is even more lovely that one person is sending me 2 postcards, because she lives in one state and works in another. I don’t know if that would count toward my goal or not, but I am going to register it as such.

So, I have 4 post cards coming my way. I can’t wait! And I have two post cards that I need to send out.

This is so great!! 2 years ago

Lost WayfarerYay! I have someone to exchange a postcard with again!!!

March 23, 2012

I was contacted by a fellow 43Thinger about wanting to help me achieve my goal. I was excited. So we exchanged addresses. He asked me if I was wanting a special type of postcard. I told him anything from his town and country, as I was planning on showing the Cowboy’s little girls where it came from as an educational project for them.

I am excited about doing this goal once again. Now, I have to get a huge world map, so I can find the town and the Country when it comes. 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#22 Ljubjana

Thank you Vex from Slovenia! 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#21 Memphis

From Todd & Derri….thank you….I love the baseball field. 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#20 Utah from Jenngirl 222

Thank you so much!!! 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#19 from "going my way"

San Antonio… of my favorite towns! Thanks! 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#18 Mississippi

Todd and Deni ran a 10k in Mississippi. Thank you for the card! 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#17 Thanks Brian!!!

Thank you so much Brian! I love card! PM me your address so I can send you one back…...

Enjoy the road trip….be safe….and take some cool pictures…. :) 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#16 Poland

Very cool postcard from Poland….from Justyna, aka “viima”. Thank you! 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#15

A very pretty card from Panama City, Florida. Thank you “Sweettracie”....about 3 or 4 years late….. 2 years ago

Smiling to myself today...#13 Dr Suess :~}

Thank you Abigail, “Chimalls” (I hope I got that right). Your postcard made me smile…...well…..they all do. 5 years ago

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