PostSecret was created by Frank Warren, a small business owner based in Maryland who started postsecret.com as a community art project. Since October 2004, Warren has received thousands of anonymous postcards which have been featured in galleries, the popular music video for the All-American Rejects’ “Dirty Little Secret,” and, most recently, in the bestselling book PostSecret. Ranked by New York magazine as the third most popular blog on the Internet, Warren’s website earned several awards at both the 2006 Bloggy and Webby Awards and continues to attract over 3 million visitors a month. Warren has appeared on Today, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and Fox News, among others.
Every Sunday PostSecret publishes anonymous, handwritten postcards from people across the country. By Thursday I’m already chomping at the bit for its weekly update. But twenty-five published post cards a week just isn’t enough. Also, there’s no way to navigate to past weeks. I guess I’ll just have to buy the book.
I can’t remember when I started tracking PostSecret or even how I first came across it, but I know it often hits home. I’ve been shocked, disgusted, enamored, angered, confused, and always entertained. But I’m hard pressed to call this “entertainment” in a typical sense. They’re secrets, after all. Real secrets? It’s the illusion of reality that makes PostSecret so appealing. And maybe it’s all bullshit, but I’m buying it.
I’ve got a few ideas. Some post secrets of my own I may mail in. I’m working out the details.
The image I chose for this post is a particularly personal one. For those who know me, they know why.