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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delquagl 3 years ago


goodbyeclarityRe-starting this goal

I actually started this goal a year or two ago. I created a column, solicited responses, and had a fair blog built up.

But then I got busy and things fell by the wayside.

I was talking to some friends at happy hour last week and somehow this topic came up; I told them about my old column and mentioned that I wanted to start a new one up.

They really liked the idea, and now I’m really excited about this old project and I’m ready to start a new column. I think I want to approach this one a little differently, though, and write about it from a bit more comedic of a perspective (think something somewhat related to Ask E. Jean from Elle and loveline), but I also want to approach it from a young and modern angle. Advice columns are so dated and formulaic and I feel like they limit the types of questions they can get because of their strict format.

So here’s what I have in mind:

- Funny. Never attacks the letter writer, of course, but finds the humor in anything.
- Openminded. Solicits letters about love, careers, life, sex, etc.
- Actually gives good advice. This really is the main reason I wanted to start this goal up. I give great advice (insert horn toot here).
- Blog has to have a nice, sleek layout. Maybe slate grays and blues with yellows.
- Book reviews for self-help books?

I know it sounds strange, but one of the things I can’t figure out is if I want a picture of myself on the site. I know that helps put a face on the advice, and that can actually help attract readers and letter writers, but I like to be anonymous. Maybe I’ll keep sunglasses on…

Can’t wait to have the time to start this! I’m off work starting on Wednesday, and I have a feeling this is going to be a major project. 3 years ago


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