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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Ken Chen 5 years ago

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We were looking for a base to put the sword on the wall and I stumbled upon a collection of fridge magnets (I’m addicted to). I figured I could spend about USD 10 so I got the most different among them that I didn’t have in my fridge already. My partner turned to me and told me “Do you really need that?”, I said “No, I don’t” , left them where I found them I went on pissed off.

Questions I asked myself later:
1. Why I was pissed off? At me for buying something on impulse? at my partner for censoring my impulsive urge?

So let’s analyze that impulse urge. Do I need more fridge magnets? Probably no, they are mostly decor and I rarely post anything to the fridge these days. So why I liked those? There were multi-colored geckos like the ones back at mother’s house. Anything else: They were beautiful and would had look great “walking” on my fridge now that there aren’t more geckos in the city anymore.

So, if I had the chance to reply my partner’s censorhip what you should’d said:

No, I don’t need them. My soul does.

And then, that’s another whole line of reasoning we need to check. 2 years ago

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