There are not many things as interesting as secrets from someone else (like the one above). While your own secrets might feel like they are burning a hole in your soul, it’s extremely interesting to hear other people’s secrets. Who doesn’t think it’s great to get the chance to hear some deep/funny/beautiful/disturbing/sad/happy/life-changing/OMG-secrets a person is willing to share? Uuuh. No-one.
But then there is the problem of getting people to share their secrets. People don’t share them right away (and for good reasons) or not at all. Think of the awkwardness. So, unless you are willing to befriend total strangers and spend fasts amounts of time with them – preferably under the influence – there is little chance you will ever find out their deepest secrets. But wouldn’t it be nice if you had the chance to read secrets people were having? Well, obviously I am not the first one to think so and that is why Frank Warren, an American artist, started a community project with thousands of empty self addressed postcards and asks recipients to write a secret of their own on it and send it back. All anonymously.
The replies were overwhelming and in 2005 PostSecret blog was started. It was the place where a selection of the ‘best’ secrets was posted. And the rest is history (always wanted to say that). To this day it is the biggest advertisement-free blog in the world. A great community of acceptance, as it is know. And an internet phenomena for that matter. Secrets are updated on Sunday. If you didn’t know about the site yet, it’s definitely worth it to sign up for the Sunday secrets email service. And if you did know about it but for some reason forgot how special it was, now you remember!
See it for yourself… on http://www.postsecret.com
Or check – and spend too much time – at: http://postsecretarchive.com for the full archive.
Or even better send your own to:
13345 Copper Ridge Rd
My secret? I can ride my bike without using my hands, but I don’t do it in public because I don’t want to show off. True story.