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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Officiate a wedding ceremony

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A couple years ago I found a website, plugged in my name and was ordained. I thought it was sort of entertaining and didn’t think much of it. At one point I called the County Clerk in the area and was told that it is legal and I can officiate if I want to. Now that’s cool!!

One thing I can say about this whole thing, is I would never officiate a wedding if I didn’t think the couple should be together. While I know it’s not my decision, rather the couple’s decision, I’m looking more at situations where there is a huge red flag, like an abusive relationship, an overly uncompromising significant other, or something else that would make me think I couldn’t ethically marry these two individuals.

Another think about this is that I’ve never officiated something of this magnitude. I’ve done small gatherings for a baby blessing, but a wedding is a wedding. In most cases it’s a huge deal. For some, it might just be the couple, their witnesses and the officiate. I might feel a bit more comfortable with that, but who knows maybe I would love standing up reciting poetry and talking about love, commitment and devotion.

Just one of those things I want to do someday, but probably not today. There’s way too much though that goes into it (I make it sound like there’s just as much thought going into this as the actual decision to marry someone, lol) 5 years ago


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