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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rosymamacitaI bought my domain name

That’s right. I have a web address that is just mine, no blogspot or anything, like I’m a professional. I started a website, but I find I don’t really know what I want it to be. I have to sit down and plan it out. I think I’ll start with a mind map, to see what I want to put out there. Then perhaps I’ll do an outline. I don’t want it complicated. I want it simple. I want it to be about content.

I’m hoping to connect it to my old blog, that I have neglected for about a year. And I’m hoping to start blogging again. It might be very much like my old blog. I’m okay with that, but I need to refocus. I’m also hoping to review all the content I have…. it’s a lot… and repost the best stuff.

Someday I will be a published author. And I want to have my website up, to show agents and publishers. Who knows? But I want to organize all the things I’ve done on the web. I want to move forward. 6 months ago

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The end is in sight… 2 years ago

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godoggoBack in action

I just started working on this again today after not touching it for a few months. Set the launch date at one month from now, though it should be doable before then. 2 years ago


I missed another arbitrary deadline.

I don’t care about this website project nearly as much as I used to. 2 years ago

godoggoMy head...

Pass the aspirin, please.

Even though I started with a template, it still took about a week to get the design and code to where I like it. I hadn’t done this in years. I’m not using many graphics aside from the stuff for my art ‘folio, but those are pretty much all done now and ready to roll.

That’s the easy part. Content is harder. Today I finally started weeding through my potential sample pieces and heavily revised one. A humble start, sure, but it’s a start. 3 years ago

godoggoRaison d'être, and bitching about WordPress

I’d been thinking about setting up a portfolio/professional site for myself, chiefly as both a side project and possible nudge for career advancement. I was still mulling it over privately when someone else suggested I do it. Then I found a great intro deal with DreamHost — which is where I’d have wanted to host anyway — offering an entire first year for about $9 total. This was around Halloween.

November was busy with NaNoWriMo, so this month is website-building month. I’m aiming for a New Year’s launch date, but since the month is half over already, it probably won’t be up until later.

I’ve installed WordPress and built up a rough sitemap of what all I need. The problem is finding a decent template that A) has good navigation, B) looks clean, attractive, and mostly professional (but not corporate), and C) is optimized to display both text AND image galleries. See, I’m a writer and editor (much better than the posts I made here, ha!), but I also have some illustration skills, and I want to show off both in equally attractive and user-friendly formats.

And, of course, it has to have an integrated blog page. >.<

This would be so much easier if I knew how to code in anything other than basic CSS and HTML. I don’t want to learn a new programming language, though. I’m not very good at it and I don’t want to go through that much hassle. I can’t afford a designer, and even if I was willing to pay for a premade design, I have yet to see any that meet all my qualifications.

I’m actually a big fan of the SimpleFolio template, but I hate the color scheme and fonts, and there are some features I don’t need (like the cufon, and the slider… I hate automatic sliders) that I’d like to slice away, but I don’t know if that would break the code…

Really I just need to save a copy of the template as is and find one of those dumbed-down tutorials. Really I just need to stop whining and get off of 43 Things and onto Google.

EDIT: Okay, looks like it’s easier than I thought.
Note to self: Grumble less, investigate more. 3 years ago

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