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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give a gazillion cheers


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New IsabellaI've long ago given up on getting anywhere at all on this goal...

...and lately it feels like I’m falling way behind on returning cheers each day. Two things (aside from my general lack of motivation and organization) slow me down: (1) the slowness of my current computer, which is growing older and more out-of-date by the day, yet it’s still good enough for to do most of the things that I really need it to do right now; (2) wanting to keep up with the people who cheer me and correspond with me – even with a faster machine, it takes me a lot of time to do this, and I can’t seem to keep up with it right now.

I feel badly about this. I know I’ll have to upgrade my system sooner or later, and in the meantime I’ll do my best to keep up, but please know that I really am grateful for the people here who take the time to send cheers and comments. They mean a lot. 4 years ago

petrnotaili have 21 cheers to give

time for a cheer chain!!! 4 years ago


are we there yet? 5 years ago

Melissarobot math is crazy!

I was blessed with 10 cheers fifteen minutes ago. I gave away six. Now I have 9. Why do the robots give them to me so late in the evening? I’m practically breathless with giving them out as it is! 5 years ago

New IsabellaAnother milestone of sorts...

I noticed that my cheer-o-meter passed the 13,000 mark today. I’m probably giving cheers at a slightly faster rate than my original estimate. It looks like it’ll take me about 190 more years to get to a gazillion cheers given.
I wonder if I can schedule a reminder notification in the year 2198 to let me know that it’s time to re-activate this goal? 5 years ago


Total cheers given: 4444 6 years ago

petrnotailbi-weekly cheer status

Cheers available today: 2
Total cheers given: 3912

We’re getting there…... 6 years ago

petrnotailbi-weekly cheer-status update

Cheers available today: 5
Total cheers given: 3437
Total cheers received: 2862

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I’m not keeping track of cheer-dudes

last update was: Total cheers given: 2890
547 cheers in 2 weeks?! Is that even possible??!6 years ago

petrnotailnow the robots are just fucking with me

that blasted algorithm strikes again. gotten lots of cheers today…but do I have any to give? nope. “sorry, but you have used your quota of cheers for now.”

cock mongers, I want to cheer on my friends!!! are you listening?!

......... don’t mind me—it’s been a helluva day. 6 years ago

petrnotailthe past 24 hours

may just set a new single-day cheer giving record for me. let’s see…

cheers went too far back today to tally properly. but how wonderful that is! truly!

the most recent:

  1. Cachou on write regularly – 2 minutes ago
  2. The entry moments by meowzilla – 4 minutes ago
  3. Cachou on own stacks of glossy books on intelligent and fascintating subjects and read them too – 6 minutes ago
  4. Cachou on go for walks, have picnics, pick flowers – 6 minutes ago
  5. Cachou on indulge my francophilia – 9 minutes ago
  6. Cachou on write beautiful stories and eloquent articles – 9 minutes ago
  7. The entry Oh my goodness… by Cachou – 10 minutes ago
  8. Cachou on be brave enough to post some stories and ask for feedback… – 10 minutes ago
  9. JakeB on Be confident and strong at work – 11 minutes ago
  10. JakeB on complete a polished, finished version of my children’s book and send it off – 11 minutes ago
  11. JakeB on Make 2008 my best year yet – 12 minutes ago
  12. GraceinSF on call people back – 18 minutes ago
  13. GraceinSF on float amid phosphorescence – 19 minutes ago
  14. The comment Untitled by meowzilla – 20 minutes ago
  15. InkGirl on forgive my mother for fucking me up – 23 minutes ago
  16. The comment My mistake by Zooey – 25 minutes ago
  17. The comment or… by meowzilla – 35 minutes ago
  18. The comment How about by A Hard Day’s Rat – 36 minutes ago
  19. The comment In that case by Zooey – 39 minutes ago
  20. The comment I’m not sure about by A Hard Day’s Rat – 50 minutes ago
  21. The comment Good Lord by A Hard Day’s Rat – 59 minutes ago
  22. The comment The weather is very nice here lately… by A Hard Day’s Rat – 1 hour ago
  23. The entry Aug 26 by A Hard Day’s Rat – 1 hour ago
  24. The comment I had high hopes by A Hard Day’s Rat – 1 hour ago
  25. The comment Obviously I’ve missed something, but… by Zooey – 1 hour ago

....and I’m spent 6 years ago

petrnotailbi-weekly cheer status update

Cheer stats
Cheers available today: 3
Total cheers given: 2890
Total cheers received: 2380 6 years ago

New IsabellaI'm not giving up on giving cheers....

...but I am giving up on this goal. I am pruning my goal list, and this one, fond as I am of it, has to go. I don’t think I have a problem remembering to give cheers.

I feel good that my cheer-o-meter broke 7300 today. That’s a long way from a gazillion, but I’m satisfied with my progress. :) 6 years ago


current cheers given count

that’s 63 cheers given in 24 hours.
Watch me go!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 years ago

petrnotailround number warrants entry

Total cheers given: 2600
Total cheers received: 2141 6 years ago

petrnotailthat frickin' cheer algorithm

i have been getting lotsa cheers lately, but then i’ll only have one or two available to me. WTF!?

One needs to have them to give… 6 years ago

petrnotailhaven't been as

“cheery” as I could be recently.

Total cheers given: 2331

long ways from gazillion yet 6 years ago

petrnotailone small step...

Total cheers given: 2000 6 years ago

New IsabellaThe cheer-o-meter is up above 4000 today...

...and heading towards a gazillion. 6 years ago

petrnotailupdate critical

to date: Total cheers given: 1752

not bad. i have been a bit absent lately, though. must fix that! 6 years ago

petrnotailcheer chain

tonight, i got the idea to do what i termed a cheer chain (cheesey!) I started at the Zeitgeist page, cheered 1 goal of someone who had just given a cheer. Then, from that page, I clicked the last person to cheer the came goal and carefully explored their list, thoughtfully cheering 1 goal, then clicking on the last person to cheer that goal, and so on. It’s fun to follow this chain and spread the love. I’ve been cheer-bombing a lot lately, so this was fun for a change. 6 years ago

New IsabellaI am torn...

but right now I will leave some cheers behind and go to attend to my work, hoping that they will still be here when I return.

Taking a cheer break right now, and I had more when I got back than when I left. Plus, I accomplished my goal. Thank-you, Cheer Fairy. :) 6 years ago

New IsabellaSometimes....

giving cheers is hard, and I worry that I’m spending too much time doing it. Like this morning. But I hate throwing anything away, including cheers.

BTW, what is going on with cheers last night and today? I can’t see any cheers given or received beyond the first screenfull. 6 years ago

petrnotailfeeding my sheep and goat friends

Cheers available today: 0 | Total cheers given: 1570

Thirty-three given today!

Huzzah! 6 years ago


jeezey-peezey 29 cheers given today!

everyone is beautiful and amazing. 7 years ago


25 cheers given today.

broke my record again.

cheer on! 7 years ago



18 cheers today. And it’s not over, yet. I still have 1! You’re all so inspiring.

Rah-Rah-Rah! 7 years ago


Cheers available today: 1
Total cheers given: 1162


two weeks ago:
Total cheers given: 1008

154 cheers in two weeks. people have been pursuing some amazing goals lately. some beautiful experiences. i am grateful to be in such a lively and supportive community. it’s a rare experience for me. i love to see that others are aware, alive, active. go team go!

i’m so lame. i don’t care. 7 years ago


someone wonderful super cheered me on this.

thanks, paddy107 !!

too sweet and kind! 7 years ago

New IsabellaYay!

As of this morning, I think, I’ve given over 2000 cheers. I’ve only got close to a gazillion left to go before I reach my goal!

Baby steps. :) 7 years ago

petrnotaildecember 12 2007

I was able to give 24 cheers today!!!! a new personal record! 7 years ago

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