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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The very first goal I have added is to become fluent in a language other than English. I am not off to a terrible start, since I have been studying French in school for about 4 years. I can speak fairly well, but am still nowhere near my goal. I’d love to sit down and hold an entire conversation in French. Not small talk, but a true, deep conversation. I plan on continuing to study in school throughout college, and start attending classes and working at home to perfect my skills. It isn’t easy, but I absolutely love the idea of a foreign language.

I’d also love to speak fluent Polish. I have a small percentage of Polish in me, though most people tell me I look straight off the boat! :) I’m the only “Polish” looking girl in my family along with my Dad, so it’s kind of a special bond between us. We’re the Polskis of the family. I’ve never really been in touch with my roots, but I’d like to start. I hope to start adapting to some of the culture and to eventually speak the language. I know this would be especially difficult, but I will absolutely try! 5 years ago

joygerhardtMi ja volas flue paroli en neangla lingvo

I’ve always liked learning languages, but I’ve been more of a jack of all trades than sticking with any one language. About a year ago I started learning Esperanto because it’s supposed to be easier than other languages, and also because there are lots of free resources to fully learn the language over the internet. I’m not quite fluent yet but I’m getting there (I hope).

I’ve found that being able to think in another language has been a very interesting experience, and being able to meet other people I wouldn’t have been able to previously is very rewarding as well. 9 years ago

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