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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KenysKick in the Pants

When I was younger I used to draw and paint a fair amount. Somewhere along the way that petered off and though I’ve always regretted it, I’ve never actually managed to pick it up again.

However, this semester I decided to take a class on herbaceous plant identification. There are eleven quizes where the teacher will put up slides of plants on a projector and you have to come up with the family, species and a common name for it. The quizes are comprehensive and each week we’re assigned ~15 more plants to learn so by the end of the year we’re going to be tested on over 150.

I started out studying using index cards… before swiftly coming to the realization that that didn’t work for me at all. So I dug up an unused field sketchbook, an art pen and some watercolor pencils that I’ve never touched and started keeping my notes that way. Each page has the plant’s information (names, foliage and floral traits, preferred planting conditions, medicinal uses, etc) as well as a sketch of the plant from a distance as well as closeups of it’s more distinctive traits, such as the inflorescences.

They’re fast little things, but it’s the most art I’ve done in quite some time and I’m going to be doing it regularly for the next few weeks.

And hey, I think there’s going to be a class on tree identification in the autumn… 2 years ago


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I used to love this, and it was so relaxing, but I lost it somehow. Time to re-introduce it into my new life! 3 years ago


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drew the other day but got pooped like 2/3 through 3 years ago


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