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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telaWhy did I wait so long?

All that guilt over what I “should” be doing. They came for the first monthly cleaning on Friday and it was such a boost to my spirit to come home that evening and find the place completely CLEAN. They even fluffed my pillows and got every single speck of dust and lint off of every single corner. 8 years ago

telaI don't have to clean my house!

I hired somebody to come in once a month for $80. Part of me has major DIY/Protestant Work Ethic guilt about how that money could be going towards something like my investments, but part of me sees ist as buying myself extra time. Not that I’m spending a lot of time already on cleaning, but the free time part makes it worth it. Plus they’ll be doing things that I’m completely obsessive compulsive about, like removing dust from every surface. No more driving myself crazy trying to make every minor corner absolutely clean of dust and lint. 8 years ago

telaFinally trying it out

I can’t believe how the thought of paying somebody to clean my house makes me even more guilty than the fact that I just don’t want to do it at the moment. It must be some kind of weird DIY guilt because I was pretty much trained as a kid (by both my mom and grandmother) to be self sufficient in cooking and cleaning. The training wasn’t so much because of my gender, but because both of my parents had full-time jobs and needed somebody to do it for them (so I was a convenient source of child labor). Actually knowing how to do a lot of this stuff put me far ahead of a lot other people I know. So the thought of spending the money for somebody else to do something I can actually do, is somehow making me feel really conflicted. But time is money and at least trying for a couple of months to have somebody else do it should be a good way of making me feel less guilty. 8 years ago

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