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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SherlockI surrender--

This is bizarre. My son and daughter immediately notice how literal I was being. I explained my goal. As the week worse on, though, they said they couldn’t take it anymore—that a large part of my humor is sarcasm. Now this seems bad, but I did find that I couldn’t detect the boundary between sarcasm and irony, and stayed away from both. The kids said that was the problem—that I couldn’t express my ironic view of the world. Then I realized that when I’m really angry, I don’t seem to get as sarcastic as I thought I did. I seem to be more likely to express it directly and deal with it. So, huh, I guess I learned some things. That sometimes what you think is hurtful isn’t, so you’d better ask people, or you might eliminate a behavior they really like! 8 years ago


SherlockManaging my own.

I’ve become aware of how sarcastic I can be. I noticed it because I don’t like it when son-child is sarcastic, and there’s nothing like a child to show you your own bad habits.

Once I started monitoring it, I realized I use sarcasm a LOT. What’s worse, I’m not completely sure how NOT be sarcastic. It’s a nasty habit I’ve fallen into, learned from my family of origin, now on the verge of being passed along to my children. OK, gotta stop that.

I realized how automatic it is when I started trying to control it. I would say things and then immediately realize it was sarcastic, when I didn’t plan for it to be! It’s not always hostile sarcasm—sometimes it’s more like irony, my own weird observations on the world. But still, this is something I don’t need.

It’s a lot more powerful to simply say what you think, instead cloak your message in sarcasm. I’m surprised by how automatic it is. Surely I can get a grip on this! 8 years ago


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