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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KaliTime CamaralzmanFocus - Goal Three Out of Three

I think I’ll make this the third out of three goals I’m determined to work on extensively over the next few months. Unlike doing NaNoWriMo, or writing a book, this is the build up to both goals. I can’t do either without a solid writing (and reading) foundation.

So, as stated previously, I’m going to read through my old college text books to glean some knowledge from them on the fundamentals of writing. Stepping off from that, I’ll hopefully, in time, be able to participate in NaNoWriMo and/or write a book in my own time.

In the meantime, I’m going to use my blog and handwritten journal to jot down whatever words are in my head at any given moment as I have access to them.

Of the three goals I’ve chosen to focus on for the rest of the year, this is probably going to be the hardest. Writing involves a lot of critical self-examination and I run screaming from such things. I’m definitely going to have to focus on delving into my inner mind if I want to become a better writer.

Enough rambling. I’m going to read. See you at my next update. :) 6 months ago

KaliTime CamaralzmanCollege Text Books

I’ve got a bunch of old college text books that are collecting dust. A lot of them are related to becoming a more effective writer.

Later today, I’m going to crack open the oldest of them that specializes in writing and, hopefully, learn something from it. From there, I will read each and every book I have related to writing so I can improve my skills.

I want to do NaNoWriMo this year and I’m POSITIVE I need a buildup of my abilities if I’m going to get through this without crying in the corner. I’m determined not to be defeated. 11 months ago

KaliTime CamaralzmanWriter's Block Smashed!

I have, finally, written a story. It’s verbose and it’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s mine and I wrote it, so I’m happy.

It’s the best I’ve done in years. Which is definitely saying something because I haven’t written anything in YEARS.

What’s more, I’m trying to encourage a friend of mine, who is a great raconteur, to write down his stories. I hope he does because he’s got a lot of good in his heart and mind to share with the world.

Now to continue the trepanning by writing something else. :) 12 months ago

KaliTime Camaralzman2013 Book Cull: Reading and Writing More

I used to read so many books. Not just during the Summer months but all year long. I would frequently max out my library card in checking out books and end up maxing out the Maternal Parental’s library card as well before waddling home with forty books on my back and in bags carried in both hands. I was eight.

Over the years, the library in my old neighborhood closed and I got out of the habit of reading like I used to. That’s about to change. I have a bunch of old books I haven’t read in years and a bunch of new books I’d like to get. The two cannot occupy the same space. So, I’m going to read the old, mostly out of date, books once more before the cull begins to make room for the new stuff.

I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it but it’s time to let them go.

Aside from this, I’m also going to get back into writing more effectively. I used to journal and blog almost everyday. It wasn’t very good writing but I did it and it kept me in practice. Now, I’m lucky if I get out two blog posts a month. I’m going to evaluate my blog and journals and get back to writing my thoughts down. I’m not just going to vomit anything out via the keyboard but, instead, I will make a valid effort at writing something good. Hopefully, this will stimulate my mind to get creative and I can work on my stories that have been sitting on my computer for years.

I can feel my brain atrophying and I don’t like it. I don’t want to end up like one of those people who, by the age of 70, thinks their life is over because they’ve not trained themselves to do something mentally. 18 months ago

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