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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littlelamblostI'm a total failure

I need to remind myself of this on a daily basis because I’m really good at remembering at bedtime and then spending all night sitting up writing dribble.

Hopefully getting my act together and starting to journal will help but I don’t understand why it’s so hard for me to do this. All I need is a flippen paragraph a day, that’s it! 100 words, easy!

I’m actually really disappointed in myself. I’ve been talking a lot about being a real writer again, whatever that is, and I can’t even do the simplest thing. 6 months ago

littlelamblostWhat did I just do?

I just sat up all night writing a short that is either the most powerful piece I have ever, and possible will ever, write OR I just wasted a whole lot of time making no sense at all.


I’ve found a few writing competitions I want to throw my hat in, so, hopefully I whip up some pieces that at least fit their criteria so I can enter. 6 months ago

littlelamblostBack in the swing of things.

Until my very late teens writing was my way of escaping from the world, of crafting somewhere safe and stable for me to grow and discover who I was. It was about the passion, and the flow, and about being simultaneously connected and disconnected to the world.

It was a way of being, and I identified so closely with being a writer that I build my ideal future around it. I planned on becoming a published Author, and living off the measly royalties I made. I drove by houses and judged them based on how suitable a hideaway they’d be. I had everything figured out.

Until I faltered, and lost faith in myself and my craft and decided I needed a university education as a safety net. So away I went to University, I spent four years writing essays and literature reviews and scripts for group presentations but I stopped writing what I loved, because I didn’t have the time, or the inclination, and when I did find myself with pen in hand or perched in front of my computer all I could think about was how many words I’d just pumped out for another essay.

University made writing a chore. I kept meaning to write, and telling myself, that, as a writer, which I still identified as, I couldn’t put what I really wanted on the back burner. But assignments have deadlines, and grades, and I stopped. I even decided the year after university I was going to live off pot noodles and bread and devote 365 days to writing. It didn’t happen.

Now I have my very expensive piece of paper and a job that pays the bills and I’m itching to write again. I need ink stains on my hands and occasionally my face from chewing on pens, I need sleepless nights because I’m on a roll. I need to find that little girl again, who asked for a box of exercise books for her Birthday.

So I want to, ‘Write More’, But how am I going to achieve that? What does it look like when you have a grown up job and a grown up life and sometimes you can’t keep doing what you want because you’ve run out of clean clothes and have to do some laundry?

It looks like squeezing as much of the written word into each day as I can, in any form that I can. Including.

  • Letters to my Pen pal A Pen pal from my youth recently reconnected and we’re currently in this beautiful, flowing part of our friendship where we’re reintroducing ourselves to each other after seven years of absence. It’s fresh, and new, and far more exciting than I remember it.

I’ve also considered finding another Pen Pal, somebody new and exciting that fits me now, Not me when I was a reckless teenager.

  • Postcrossing I’m one of those frustrating people who has terrible trouble committing to postcrossing, and I’m willing to admit that I’ve failed at it before. I’ve hit that ‘Get address’ Button five times, had every intention of popping to the shops and purchasing postcards and completely forgotten. Not this time.

This time I had the good sense to stock up on postcards and stamps before I registered for the website, I’ve sent out three cards so far, and have two ready to be sent once I finish work today.

  • Journalling I’ve successfully journalled in the past, and on the odd occasion I pull out an old diary, flip through the pages and laugh at how childish I was. I feel like I’m going through a great period of growth at the moment, and don’t want to forget what it feels like.
  • Writer’s Circle I recently decided to investigate local writing groups, and have found one in particular of interest. They meet fortnightly and have prompts listed on their website for a short piece that you share during the group, and in house competitions. I have every intention of lurking in the corner at their next meeting.
  • Creative Writing And of course, I’ll continue to attempt to write an amazing novel, or a breathtaking short. I might even try my hand at poetry, even though in the past that’s been a train wreak.

I’m not sure how to goalpost this goal, and how I’ll consider it complete. But I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Looks like I should add 43things to the list, since I practically just wrote a novel. Please excuse if it makes no sense. I tend to ramble during my night shifts t work.6 months ago

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i write everyday now. it all stems from perspective and who you are at the time o life.

i write maybe 5 poems too everyday. i just crawled down from my rooftop writing and music listenin.

always carry a pen and paper with you. 8 months ago

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I am feeling a little different. I went for a party where I had guys all over me. And it really was like a deja vu. I had a similar experience. I don’t know whether I should feel happy or sad. 9 months ago

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LipglossKillerI'm back in school!

So obviously, I’m doing a lot of writing. 9 months ago

Δημητρής Αθανασόπουλος 9 months ago

ScarrletRavenPublished Author

Well, I am now officially a published author! Not in the way I expected. I wrote an essay for a competitive essay contest and mine was selected to be published in an anthology. I’m quite proud of the essay, especially since it was inspired by the novel I’m working on. I get to go to the awards ceremony in a week! That experience really helped to get me motivated to write more. :)

Best of luck everyone! 9 months ago

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