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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Yes, for the most part TV is the devil, but it can definitely have its place, particularly during the cold and rainy season, especially for insomniac stay-at-home moms. I’m a fan of having a decent selection (we particularly love documentaries, classic movies, educational, interesting, edgy, uncut programming), because there’s so much crap on. We have an old digital box that until a few days ago picked up a vast array of channels, then suddenly 80% of them blue-screened, showing up as “unauthorized”.

We rent (still trying to save for that house buying goal), and our landlord covers the cable, so I thought perhaps he’d skinnied the package down, but it turned out that the recent digital/analog shake-up had messed up our cable box permissions.

Rather than him dealing with the cable company or us going out to buy a new box, our landlord generously gave us a converter that he wasn’t using often. It’s much newer than ours, we get even more channels than before (including the new HD ones), plus it records shows… I know, for those who are used to this option, no big deal, but it’s GREAT! I feel like we’ll not only be able to watch better programming, but we can record quality stuff rather than making do with what’s on at a given time, and save some gems for literal rainy days.

Very pleased. Also wondering if Hallmark makes “World’s Greatest Landlord” cards. 3 years ago

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