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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ach1228greater exposure

Well, my July show was not financially too great but the commentary from patrons, both knowledgeable and naive, was wonderful. I know from the comments I received that I am on the right track. I would have to do this work anyway because it is in me to do but the comments help validate my inner experience. Thank you one and all. 4 years ago


I am using my artwork to live my goals. I believe that in using all reclaimed items and arranging them into a format that can bring something positive into people’s lives that I can employ all of my goals. 4 years ago


I am loving the work I am doing now. I feel like my ideas are accelerating faster than I can make them. I am blowing through phases of this work so fast. My pieces for next year are going to be extraordinary and I am so excited to be making them. 5 years ago

ach1228how silly of me

I realized after talking with friends and mentors about my artwork that ART is my job. So having a goal to sell more art and another goal to get a new job are in conflict and I need to clear this up. So getting a new job needs to be changed to excel in my job as an artist. This makes me wonder what other conflicts I have created for myself out there. 5 years ago

ach1228really discourage

I have applied for countless jobs, none of which I really want but which I can do and would like to opportunity to do. I have not had one interview and had a couple of rejection letters. Mostly I hear nothing. It isn’t like there is a lot to choose from here where I live and i know that each employer is probably inundated with applicants. But I think that I am truly experiencing age discrimination. I know of about 10 other women my age who are experiencing the same response. I am energetic, reasonably attractive, slender, smart, and do well at everything I set my mind to. I have lots of experience in sales and art and education and real estate. I am educated and continue to educate myself in areas that interest me. I am stable. And I enormously frustrated with being unemployed. Enormously frustrated.

okay – now I will stop whining. 5 years ago


Yesterday was not a good day. I had a lousy day at the job I do have which ends at the end of the month. I did not rate an interview for a job I would have been great at (one of the few available here). I have a rental I need to sell and the rents did not come in this month. On the up side, I have two shows lined up to sell my art work. I am trying to remain optimistic but art is a hard sell in this economy. 5 years ago

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