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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What is art? What makes it good or bad? What classifies expression? What endorses artistic interpretation? What sanctions talent? And who decides?

I think art in all forms is interpretative, its intrinsic value is found in the depth of soul portrayed by the hand of the artist regardless of its contours, colors, shapes, symmetry or subject matter. Like writing, art is a free form interpretation of life that embodies soul, sentiment and beauty. In all art both abstract and precisely manicured sculptural forms, art takes on the personality and views of the artist revealing an essence of self that cannot be expressed by any other means.

The rigid and unyielding methods of scrutiny applied to all modes of expression suggests however, that art must aspire to a status of conformity. There must be rules, there must be methods strictly adhered to and disciplined techniques, there must be qualification and there must be a yardstick by which to judge art… thus this individualistic mode of expression becomes no longer a fulfilling pastime but rather another angle from which our lives are to be assessed and scrutinized.

One of the most thought-provoking sentiments I have read about the arts was composed by Natalia Laurila who wrote ‘Are we, who want to create, in some way specially talented people? Or has everybody else simply given up, either by pressures of modesty or laziness, and closed their ears from their inner need to create, until that need has died, forgotten and abandoned? When you look at children, you start to think the latter. I still haven’t met a child who doesn’t love – or who at least hasn’t loved – drawing, writing or some other creative activity.’

In light of our ‘results-driven’ mentality, as we get older we tend to deviate from all non-quantifiable endeavors such as painting a picture or creating a piece of art. We think of creativity as yet another categorization of our age into which we either fit into or do not, and the classification of which decides whether we pursue any mode of artistic endeavor. I wish this goal to embody the essence of unrestrained creativity no matter form that may come in… for my artistry to not be defined by the expectation of rule or societal imposition but rather by the ceiling of my own creativity. Photography is an art form as is writing and numerous other creative outlets… I think this goal is simply a challenge to raise the bar of my thinking, to step out of the box of conformity and embrace the no-limit mentality of artistic expression. 7 years ago

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