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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thatgirlsabI apologize, gentle readers

My shipment has not gone out yet. But I have not abandoned this. Will attempt to finish packages and ship today. :) 8 years ago

thatgirlsablast call

I’m going to mail the first installment of my subscriber gift series on Monday. If you want in, please send me your mailing address via my blog! 8 years ago

thatgirlsabwho wants presents?!

If you would like to be included in part 1 of my subscriber gift-giving bonanza, please send me a note through my blog. Be sure to include your mailing address, because these are going to be tangible gifts, not electronic ether-nothings. I know what I’m doing, but the scale to which I’m creating the gift really depends on how many I have to make.

Thanks, everybody! :D 8 years ago


I didn’t realize the thought of receiving a DVD could be so offensive…I’ve lost two subscribers in the past day. Hmph! :P 8 years ago

thatgirlsabk, I think I've got an idea for this

Do all y’all have DVD players?

(that’s my lazy Southern-speak coming out….) 8 years ago

thatgirlsabwhat to do? what to do?

I think this is a very cool idea. I am trying to think of something I can give to my dear subscribers…something that is both “me” and universally appealing enough that everyone will at least kinda like it. Maybe I should just shoot for “like it enough to not let their dog rip it to shreds.”

I’ll keep thinking about this one…I’d like to figure it out by the end of January. I <3 my subscribers, whoever you are! :D 9 years ago

lazloDone and Done and Done

I’ve made up the gifts, and sent out the last one to my few ‘brave subscribers.’

A strange and interesting little chance offering sent into the wild to see if anybody likes it. Fun and silly, little gift.

I had a good time doing it, and I hope everybody else who participated with me both receives the gifts (I didn’t include a return address so I may never know), and that they like them.

Enjoy! 9 years ago

lazloDone and mostly done

I’ve taken down the information submission page, as anybody who was going to use it probably already has, for a total of Five Brave Subscribers!

I have one more niblet to put together tonight, and then mail tomorrow. Those sent last Friday should start arriving tomorrow, and on into the week. We shall see if everybody thinks it was worth all this hooplah I’ve built up about it.

Either way, almost done! 9 years ago

lazloPost and gone!

I sent out the gifts today…only 4 of my now 15 subscribers participating in my ‘Show The Love’ gift idea.

Which is fine, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to spend the next forever making these little dealies, as some people I know have over 40 subscribers, so it could happen.

But the first batch is gone, and I’ll probably leave the page up for submissions of info through Sunday night, if anybody is still interested in the niblet of appreciation I’ve designed to reciprocate.

Then maybe I’ll do it all again after the holidays with another one of my little ideas…

Hope everybody likes it! 9 years ago

lazloAlright brave subscribers...

I’m cooking up something fun to send to you that celebrates how nice you are to read my ramblings here consitently. The small gift(s) isn’t done yet, but the online form you can use to submit your info to me is ready! Actual submissions at this point would probably go far to prod me to get a move on the two or three little ideas I have and maybe get them to people by Christmas.

Now, I understand this is The Internet. It is a scary place. So you obviously don’t have to submit your info. (I wouldn’t know who to sell it to anyway. And I don’t have the money for gas to come calling at your door.) This is meant to be FUN, and maybe little silly. A tiny something to work against the bunching of the underwear in our daily lives.

Would you like some reciprical love in the mail? Subscribers? Hello? 9 years ago

lazloThinking about this...

...I figured out that it needn’t be as large as I had originally planned, at least not at first.

But there is still trouble in terms of making sure they are subscribed and gathering personal addresses and such, which is a tricky thing.

But perhaps I won’t worry about it so much and just give it a try.

Later this week I should be good to give this a try.

Watch out subscribers! 9 years ago

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