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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Cloudberryalmost there...

only 2 more weeks – squeee! 5 years ago


Cloudberryf***! (moan.) (whine.)

So, tonight is Rosh Hashanah, and I’ve got bubkes. My usual RH friends (A’s family) are out of town, except for his brother who is Catholic and doesn’t observe on his own, and life is so upside-down that I simply forgot to plan anything else. And I’m sitting here having missed a work deadline of yesterday because I’m just so bored with this work that I’m being my usual inefficient self, but I do have to do it. So I’m alone, and feeling really sorry for myself (i.e., crying), and totally didn’t anticipate feeling so crap; it really only hit me in the last couple of hours. I’ll talk to A later on but right now he’s out beering with a friend. Beyond that, in terms of getting any meaning out of the holiday, I honestly had been avoiding it, as I often do (too much old, yucky family stuff comes up).

I guess I’m a little hurt, too, that no one in my family (they all live elsewhere), or my local/A’s “family” who are out of town, knowing that my life is topsy-turvy, thought to check whether I had plans. 5 years ago

CloudberryI was going

to start a new goal, Sell My Apartment, but this one will do, and the end result will be the same.

So, the interim goal is to put the apartment on the market, which will require doing a lot of small and not-so-small repairs/renovations and getting rid of clutter. Both are actually going OK. I just got through four days with my dad and stepmom, one of whom drove me batshit; other than that it was a productive few days. No time to spell it all out here – I’ve barely gotten on the computer – but then again the details are not particularly thrilling. Could probably use a good, electronic list, on the other hand.

I might even have yet another goal, Not Kill My Stepmother. She’s still kind of driving me batshit, but at least she’s no longer in my apartment bossing me around 24/7. 5 years ago


Its going to happen – this time next month I will have left DC. I cant wait to leave this place behind. I think I will live a much better life after I leave. The place Im going to may not be the most beautiful or exciting or whatever, but there’s nothing wrong with the place, and there’s a lot to be said for that. 5 years ago


I had it all planned out how and when I was going to get out of DC. Then the fickle hand of fate plucked me for an assignment that will delay my departure by a good 6 months or so. On the other hand, I could leave 6 months sooner, but it will cost me a lot financially, plus it could easily come back to bite me down the road for leaving before I completed another different assignment here. 7 years ago


Well, I am still stuck here, but at least I have a plan for how, when and where I will get out. The only thing is, there are two possible when’s, and I need to pick one. I might get some information this week that could help me decide that. Problem is, there’s only one guy who might give me the info I need, and since its kind of sensitive, and I dont know him terribly well, he might not give it to me. 7 years ago

funkristenJust moving

It was just time for something new. It’s not a bad place, but when it’s not a good place…well, do what you need to do. In the meantime, find 43 fun things to do around town. 8 years ago

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