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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handoftheemuIt may not be ideal, but...

... compared to my pizza job, my new job bagging at a grocery store is great: I have no job-related expenses, my commute is about a quarter of what it used to be, and I work with a much more diverse range of people.

Granted, I have much more extended contact with customers (many of whom are not people one would care to have extended contact with), but… oh, well?

In exchange for not having to obsess over the price of gasoline, what expensive piece of my car is going to fall off next, or whether I’m going to get aced by another 2-ton vehicle at 35 mph, I’d say that having to deal with people who get genuinely angry over 20 cents of grapefruit is a decent trade-off. 2 years ago

handoftheemuFollowing a crazy anxiety attack, I've....

.... decided to quit my pizza delivery job. All the bullcrap will be set aside for the time being, and all the money I saved up to replace the car my job was destroying can be used to keep me safe until I get settled into a new job.

The way this all happened was not the best, but I hated that job. Now I’m rid of it, and I’ll take on another shitty job that is less expensive and dangerous. 2 years ago

handoftheemuIn keeping with my recent pattern....

.... this goal is essentially on hiatus for the time being.

I have come to hate my job so much that I think it’s messing up the other parts of my life. I spend most of my free time trying to escape the anger that’s building up inside me from the frustrations of a bullshit job and a lonely existence. Delivering pizza is to work for a company that doesn’t give two flips whether I get paid or not; they leave that up to the customer. I cover all my own expenses and the company pays me even less than minimum wage.

The whole system is a crock, but for now it’s holding, and aside from risking my life for what amounts to a minimum-wage job, my life is at least somewhat under control. 2 years ago

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