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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OmnutiaFirst step to rejoining

I’ve inquired at a place in Halifax (uk) and think I might be able to attend. It will be good to get back into shape and have something energetic to round the week off with. 7 years ago

YanocchiKatsumushi - the bug that doesn't quit

Okay, that’s not really what it means… katsu means win, mushi means bug. 勝虫 <-katsumushi It’s another word for dragonfly in Japan. 蜻蛉 <-tonbo (the more common word for dragonfly) Dragonflies are considered a symbol of strength and victory. I’ve always liked them, even before I knew that, but it just makes me like them more. Maybe it’s lucky.

Another interesting thing I learned is that dragonflies are a symbol for people who have survived annorexia. Quite the connection. I wonder if it’s a coincedence? 9 years ago

YanocchiTeh shame...

I took up kendo over a year ago with some friends who learned it on exchange in Japan. I practiced 4 times every week with the we-wish-we-were-a-club-so-we-can-get-money-from-the-University and at least twice a week on my own. I got strong, had the callouses, and I felt better than I think I had ever felt in my life. Then I injured my wrist during practice. I took two weeks off and was back with a vengance.

Then my knee went out. Just said “I’m done, let me know when you stop doing things that hurt and then we’ll talk.” After I slowed down I just couldn’t get started again.

I want to do kendo again: for my health, for my soul, for myself. 9 years ago

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