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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Take 100 "excess" items out of my life

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ZigPawsTaking the trash out

Alright, now that I have an “adult” life I can buy decent stuff that fits and looks nice. There is no need for clothes that I bought in high school. (Really, I still have stuff from then!)At least 50% of the things I get rid of will probably be clothes. If I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s being donated to goodwill or the salvation army. I would like to reduce all my clothes to my dresser and only have my dresses and suits in the closet.

The next area to tackle will be my books. I do want a library in my house, but I think I need to start collecting books after I get a house. They were a pain to move and store in my apartment. The college text books should go. I might keep a couple because I do plan on going back to school, but not the 20 or so I have now! They will have resources at the school if I go for my masters anyways.

Finally, I am getting rid of things I keep because I don’t want to insult the giver. I have a few small items I have been given that I think are ugly, but don’t want to give away incase the giver (usually my mother) notices. They need to go.

I plan to carry out this mass exodus of items by the end of next week. (8/8/08) (That’s a nifty date…) 6 years ago


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