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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.

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Kikipantsmcguffin 3 years ago

KikipantsmcguffinFlack dust jacket. ;S

I have to be honest I didn’t really even read/look at the piece, only checked to make sure it’s really there.

Now that its in the world I’ve gotten some feedback and realize that although I did a great job for my first article,( Go me!) I can’t control everything. Meaning: there is a bunch of stuff that is wrong/not flattering that was done in editing. But, heck I learned lots and I’m glad it’s over with.
Now, lets see if I can get paid?!?
-only send thumbnails If asked for examples of images because the final edition contained one of these images instead of the photos and captions I sent with the final draft.
-make a decision about which photos you WANT otherwise they will pick your less exciting alternate photo every time.
-ask to look over the whole article incl photos before print. Proofs they didn’t bungle.
-don’t let your idea get railroaded. They liked it enough to offer the job.
-people will take advantage of you. Be prepared to be let down by humanity a little. Chock it up to learning experience.
-try to be more yourself in your writing. The lesson in retreading this article is that I sound too stiff and formal. Although its a lot of info it could’ve been less dry.
-save all your emails in a separate file and when sending replies change the headings 2 years ago

KikipantsmcguffinAll done

I went back over edits to the article and sent it all back to the magazine now I just wait to see what it looks like this fall. Woot! 2 years ago

KikipantsmcguffinWritten, compiled and submitted to copy editing.

So glad that this piece is off my plate. It’s one of those things that I thought would be fun but turned into a flaming cruise ship full of pain in the ass.

I will think twice before taking on another project like this. I’m not a bad writer when I put my mind to it but the reality is that the writing process stresses me out. I guess it’s a learning process and im not done learning. Maybe if I keep plugging away if will get easier and less painstaking. I’ll see how this goes, what the results are when and if it gets publish. 2 years ago

KikipantsmcguffinEdits and embedded photo cues

I am so very glad that is done. I sent the sucker eith the added copy and selected better photos.

I don’t ever want to see it again.

Hopefully they have a good. Editor.

Sleep beckons. Another reason I’m glad it’s over. 2 years ago

KikipantsmcguffinAlmost done now

Just a few mods and edits should do that tonight and then it goes to copy editing whew! 2 years ago

Kikipantsmcguffinoh dear just when i thought i was done

my editor doesnt understand what im writng about. she doesnt know my industry and so she smartly hired me to walk the line between metal art and musical instruments. ive been writing the thing since last year around this time and a poject that shouldve been maybe 40hours is at least tripple that. i have to be factual and true to my integrity when i clarify the requests she had just added to my plate.

im a junior writer but im not a sucker and the article as far as im concerned is complete. my lovely ma has been helpful in reminding me that at this point otherthan the possibility that the damn thing wont get published i have nothing to lose… suggested that i treat her like she is my employee which i rather like. he has a point. i am letting her silly qestions ruffleme up again.. no need of that.

i know how to fix this and give her what she wants just not what she thinks she wants.

oi. i dont know if this writing racket is for me.
but i do love the perks that come along with it and the excuses to meet people. 2 years ago

Kikipantsmcguffinreally... it took me one month more of edits to get it sent..

no small tsask but i know that i am much happier with the final product. well maybe its final that remains to be seen once my editor gives it the once over.

there are still phots and captions pending but for the most part i am happy with the outcome.

i think that what i have learned from this process is that wrangling artists is no fun. almost as unfun as getting mysel to tackle a deadline. if i absolutely had to take on a big curatish article again i would specify that each addditonal artist means i get paid on top of the fee. i kind of wound up hamstrung by my task which is pretty unwieldy and my own expectations and desres for the final prodct.

that said i hve already gotten so much from this work. i have met people i consider mentors and colleagues that may now consider m for future writing project… oh yeah.. smithsonian here i come!

i also have some seds planted for my own learning and creative projects among these contacts and although that would be hampered by my article getting hacked out for somereason i think that i could still follow through miimal damage done to my reputation.

i am also learning serious skills in journalism that i never thought id have need for. but heck cool!

sending the rest of the photos tomorro except for those still pending. perhaps ill mail her a zip drive.


i have to lay off self publishing this wee though… it could be rather poor form for me to gloat among my colleagues at the conference. but itsoh so tempting to talk about it… 2 years ago

Kikipantsmcguffin6am yo.

and i’m spent.
All i have to do is my foot/end notes and some photo tags.

but otherwise that was painless.


And it sounds pretty rad. 2 years ago

Kikipantsmcguffinok seriously.

this is getting written TONIGHT.
I will stay up as late as i need to to get it done.
Its stupid… i keep putting my life on hold, and myself in the emotional penalty box for not having finished it yet.

Once the damn thing is written all i need to do is write up the captions and assemble the photos and send it in.


and then i can do cool/fun stuff again guilt free. it will be worth it. 2 years ago

KikipantsmcguffinSO COOL!

I wrote my contact emails to artists i’d like to profile today.

It felt VERY good to make those first contacts.

looking forward to interviewing… well who am i kidding, i’m freaking out. :)


today i think i’m going to a shop and talking to one artist who i want to include. fingers crossed. 3 years ago

Kikipantsmcguffinarticle approved, deadline set!

I’m pretty psyched about this.

My editor is on board and i think the format of the magazine will help me to be a little less freaked out by the prospect of really making this leap into a paid journalism.

I’m going to a place that scares me, that’s for damn sure.

:o 3 years ago

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