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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ellemenopeableah

he brought it up again this weekend, just how far i have to go sometimes. it’s frustrating, knowing he could just give in and all, he maybe even wants to, but that it would then mean nothing. shrugs8 years ago


ellemenopeaanother step

Another visit this weekend, another step towards this goal. Truth be told, i’m not sure what made him think that i did well, but he says i did. He said it would be a while, i was still a ways off, but making progress. He left the symbol in a visible spot again. As i was straightening out his dresser top, as he asked me to, i was dusting and couldn’t actually pick it up (so there is a dusty circle at the moment). Not because of anything he said, just because it didn’t feel like a good idea. It wasn’t mine, i shouldn’t touch it. 8 years ago


ellemenopeaTough Assignment

Last week i was asked to create two lists. The first was why he should collar me, the second why not. Honestly? It was probably one of the hardest assignments he’s given me yet. I did send it off, and i’ve got quite a lot to muse over. Still, its all a question of time and effort. 8 years ago


ellemenopeaPower of a symbol

This weekend seems to be a turning point. I’ve conciously made the effort to believe in him, and he’s already made his decisions about what he wants. Friday and Saturday it was easy, but today was more challenging, Sundays tend to be. I was getting frustrated because of his school stuff and feeling in the way. At just the time i needed it, I walked by the charm that will be my collar, he left it out. It reminded me of my goal, of the promises I’ve made to him and why sometimes I just need to work through things. I did and we talked, and because I was upfront and honest we figured out a way to make me not feel hurt when he’s otherwise busy. Things are good. Its gonna be a long journey, but at least I’m back on the right road. 8 years ago


ellemenopeaLast weekend

he bought the charm that will be my new collar. Yesterday we discussed chain length. I take these as good signs that it won’t be forever, and that he does want me to be his again. 8 years ago


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