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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Write - at least - one (1) page (500 words) every week in 2012 and mail it to someone so it won't get 'lost'


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so today I finally got around to writing the first 18 words in two weeks.

But at least it means I’m back in the saddle again, right?

sigh. writing is hard.2 years ago

smartstuff3rd 500 sent

This is kind of a fun pace for a story. It feels nice to get such a feeling of satisfaction every 500 words.

I’m also finding that having multiple stories going at once is good for preventing writer’s block. I can switch back and forth, and keep the momentum going, even while I am stalled out on any one particular project. 2 years ago

smartstuff2nd 500 sent

Magical gemstones batman! 2 years ago

smartstuffAnother hundred words

And still a few more days until the end of the week. I am flying to NYC today, and planning to spend several hours tomorrow writing at some of my favorite places in the city. Word count ftw! 2 years ago

smartstuffFirst 500 sent to Tangy

I am pretty geeked about this. I’m not sure the story is long enough to last the full year, but I may be under-estimating my narrator’s ability to ramble. He’s a talker, that one. 2 years ago

smartstuffI have a story!

Now on to tackle the first week’s worth of words. (so I am running a week behind the rest of y’all. So it goes.) today’s a good day to get it done because the Internet is out at the house… But we’ll see when I am able to then get it sent out! 2 years ago

smartstuff 2 years ago

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