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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peachbruleeBetter than I could ever have hoped

Been doing my Creative Writing MA in Lancaster for 2 terms. It’s fantastic – I’m really enjoying it. I just wish it wasn’t going to be over so soon. I am working on a collection of short stories and a play. Having the disapline of submitting your writing each week to a workshop of your fellow students and a tutor is incredibly useful for improving your writing. As is attending lectures, seminars amd readings. I have also done readings myself and been on a weeks residential. I recently found out I’m on a shortlist for an international short story prize and am entering more.

I worried a lot about leaving my job and my home town to concentrate on this course for a year but all my worries came to nothing. I am in a brilliant group. We all get on well and help and support each other. The tutors are really enthusiastic and knowledgable and all writers themselves, of course. 4 years ago

wildcreationsbut do I have the brains?

Now I’m working on the OU’s Advanced Creative Writing course I really want to do the MA too. But the OU don’t do one (yet?) and everyone else seems to really want a good degree to join them, and thats something I’m not convinced I can get. I mean there are some really interesting modules to be taken, but I’m not sure I have the brains to get higher than a 3rd.
I guess this is something to worry about later… 5 years ago

peachbruleeBeen offered a place

I have just had a letter offering me a place and I have accepted! The course starts in October. 5 years ago


My application is now in and I just have to wait and see. Wish I had some idea what my chances were and wether to get my hopes up. 5 years ago


After the open day I was even more inspired to apply. The application needs to be in by February so I will be working on this over the Christmas holiday. 6 years ago

peachbruleeThe First Step

Next month I am going to an Open Day at Lancaster University. Then I have to decide whether I want to apply for next year – whether I’m really going to try to do this … 6 years ago

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