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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areilla10Going to start small

I asked my 14 year old son if he’d be interested in helping to build a challenge course on our property. He has recently gotten interested in his fitness, working out every day on our elliptical machine. I have yet to get on the thing for any extended workout. I prefer to have actually accomplished something after expending so much energy, like getting from point A to point B, lifting something, moving something, climbing something, GOING somewhere. Otherwise I just feel like a bit of an idiot. But when it’s 30 below or raining buckets into a sea of mud, I’ll use it.

But given my preference for practical uses of one’s energy, I’d like to build a boot camp style challenge course on our property. We have about 150 acres of fields, woods and assorted scrub-brush. I’d like to get some jogging trails cut into the hardwoods and set up some challenge stations there. Start small, with simple things like jumping stumps, a climbing/swinging rope, low ropes to traverse, half-buried tires for “hopscotch”, over-under hurdles, etc. Maybe eventually we can add a high ropes course, a climbing tower with auto-belay ropes, cargo nets and all that fancy stuff.

My husband – who is good at thinking of things that I do not – was a little concerned about our liability, having such things on our property. Even is someone is trespassing, if they get hurt goofing around on this equipment, we might be held liable. I think it’s ridiculous, but apparently what I think of it has little bearing on what actually IS. If anyone has any opinions about this, I’d love to hear it. 3 years ago

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