Post Secret

09Dec08

I love Postsecret. I have one of his books and in it there are secrets that are funny, and secrets that are shocking. Some of them are so sad but the thing that makes you feel for the people sending in their secrets is the way they have displayed their secret, they have to physically make a postcard to send their secret in on and some of them are made with an emotions that think I’ve never had. I’ve chose to add Postsecret into my blog today because although some of the posts are sad, others are so loving. And when I read them it makes me happy, i feel like i can connect sometimes with what that person’s saying. I feel loved. Below is one secret that I think everyone can relate to. I loved the awkwardness of falling in love, that doesn’t mean that I want to fall in love six thousand times a year. I just liked falling in love with my boyfriend because it gave me butterflies, it was awkward in a good way, for example after your first kiss, what do you say? Theres always an element of good-awkwardness, thats what makes it human.

There’s some information about Postsecret incase you’ve never heard of it. Definately check his blog out, its http://www.postsecret.com. I’ll try and add to this blog soon by scanning in some pictures from my book.


PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project in which people mail their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. The simple concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions were (or are) made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.

Since Frank Warren created the website on January 1st, 2005, PostSecret has collected and displayed upwards of 2,500 original pieces of art from people across the United States and around the world. The site, which started as an experiment on blogspot, was updated every Sunday with 10 new secrets, all which share a relatively constant style, giving the “artists” who participate some guidelines on how their secrets should be represented. It recently began posting approximately 20 new pieces each Sunday after a week where Frank Warren mysteriously did not post any new secrets for one week.

In October 2007, the PostSecret Community was launched (www.postsecretcommunity.com). Since its inception, more than 39,000 people have registered for the online discussion forum. Questions have been raised about how the forum affects the anonymity of the PostSecret project, but for those involved on the Community board, there seems to be a positive response of people who haven’t sent in a postcard or haven’t seen their secret on the site sharing their secrets with other PostSecret fans.

There was some controversy regarding the site though. On February 24, 2008, Frank posted multiple e-mail comments from viewers that attacked various secrets posted that week–notably: one from a parent insulting a teacher, one from a call operator insulting a relative of a soldier, and one from a would-be mother insulting a woman desperate not to get pregnant. This revitalized previous discussions on whether or not commenting should be allowed at all on the secrets, as while the drama of disagreement makes the site more interesting, it can sometimes lead to others passing judgment on the posters without granting them the opportunity to defend themselves. However, no action was taken, and the blog continued as normal the next week.

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