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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Finally complete a full 50,000 word novel in the NaNoWriMo competition.


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ggaarNaNoWriMo 50,000 Word Competition.

Probably one of the best things one can do in November! I have always been impressed with the community of “word warriors” and how they always managed to make me feel comfortable despite being so distracted by life around me, that I never get any work done! In the past five years of my relationship with this competition, I have seriously competed about there times. The first story I wrote was called (tentatively) The Circus of the Moon’s Children. Really tentative, now that I am looking at what I typed it is being revised. The second competition I took part in was a story about a child growing up in a steam powered alternate World War II as a double spy working for the French and the Nazis while living on trains all through conquered Europe. The last one is a tale where a secret society finds a way to traverse time but without being able to return. These society members travel back to alter historical time lines while leaving clues that only the society would be able to see. We shall see what I do this year. I am already behind a day and with some of my students competing with me, I am using the competition as a tool for them to help me and learn more about the writing process. I am really proud of what they have accomplished. 3 years ago

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