Printed on handmade postcards, intriguing phrases like, "You think I'm dead. It breaks my heart. But it's for your own good," grace the pages of PostSecret.blogspot.com. Every Sunday, a new batch of secrets from around the globe gets posted to the popular site.
The site says "PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard." Created in 2005 by Frank Warren, his project has yielded five books and too many blog comments to count. More importantly, Warren has inspired thousands of people to confess their secrets, many of whom say doing so lifts a burden for them.
From the somewhat amusing: "You know that painting I gave you for Mother's Day? I didn't paint it,"
to the mundane: "I constantly have the urge to give makeovers to the passerbys,"
to the scandalous: "I quit smoking because I wanted to f**k a co-worker. After a hot 6-month affair, my wife knows nothing but is proud of me for quitting smoking,"
to the tragic: "I bathe in the dark so I can't see how fat I've become,"
over 300 million people have visited Post Secret's website to read peoples' confessions every single week.
The secrets are never long anecdotes. They always leave something to be desire as their confessors share their stories in snippets, with words, phrases, poems, and even art they themselves have painted, drawn or clipped and glued onto the postcards they mail into the site.
The books related to the project are, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives,Â My Secret: A PostSecret Book, The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book, A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book, and the most recent Confessions on Life, Death, & God, which was released on October 6, 2009.
Frank Warren travels around the country speaking about his project. Most recently he appeared at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.