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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sol♥sea 3 years ago


sol♥seadraw when I'm tired

While struggling with caffeine withdrawal, I’ve been at times very sleepy and without the energy to do art my usual way, but I also wanted to create something, so recently I turned on some music and mostly just let the notes do the drawing. It was freeing. Now I’m more resolved to drawing even when I’m really tired. Before this I would just assume that anything I would do in that state would turn out awful. Now I figure, so what if? It’s better to try than to prejudge and not do anything. 12 months ago


sol♥sealost

This drawing was inspired by a poem:
“Lost”

Stand still.
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still.
The forest knows where you are.
You must let it find you.

An old Native American elder story rendered into modern English by David Wagoner, in The Heart Aroused – Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America by David Whyte, Currency Doubleday, New York, 1996.15 months ago


Nathan CoppedgeI have an ambition

to run imagination like a computer. Of course, there is a soulful side too. 23 months ago


Nathan Coppedge 23 months ago


sol♥seawhat is this

I’ve very much appreciated the cheers I’ve received on this goal so I thought I should probably write something to say what it means to me. It mostly refers to my efforts at abstract art and story. I like the riskiness of it but haven’t felt brave enough to display anything here. However, it’s one of my more satisfying goals –(and a humbling process. :D) 2 years ago


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