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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Forever_youngIts a little scary

Starting small on this one “Turn of the Screw” :) Its starting off to be kind of scary. 6 years ago


I Love Henry James, I hate movie adaptations of his work, and I especially hate when they star Nicole Kidman. I loved Washington Square though, they got that pretty right… 7 years ago

stagebunnyLove those long, curlicue sentences!

I’ve read ‘The Wings of the Dove’ and ‘The Turn of the Screw’ and loved them both. He has what a writing teacher of mine calls a typically feminine style (having nothing to do with the gender of the author). It’s long and expressive. Great work. 8 years ago

John PaulThe Portrait of a Lady

begun in a tent by lantern light on a vacation filled with intense friendships and lots of beer. Not the best setting for beginning a book with 2 forwards and an introduction, but a memorable one. So far I’ve read a lot of biography of James which was an education in itself, but not much of James’s own words. More to come. 9 years ago

John Paul2 Penguins on order from Amazon

Penguin classics that is. “The Ambassadors” and “The Portrait of a Lady.” I know these are the most popular of James’s work but figured I ought to start somewhere. I have a full schedule of reading ahead as I’ve got Michael Cunningham’s “Specimen Days” waiting as well. 9 years ago

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