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Posting a New Thread

The PostSecret Project is a phenomenal social experiment that has turned into one of the most popular traveling art shows in current history. I think one of the reasons that it has become as popular as it is, is simply due to the fact that its an art project that was made by the people, for the people. In today’s culture there is no room for the hard facts or the truth anymore. PostSecret offers a safe, non-judgmental, place for anyone to send in their secrets. As the PostSecret project grew it became its own online community. Today the community is made up of millions of people all over the world who check the site every Sunday or more throughout the week. The PostSecret Community is an anonymous site where anyone can start a new thread or comment on a thread. Often these threads are people’s secrets, things they need advice with or simply a place for them to unload whatever is on their chest.

Anyone can become a part of the PostSecret Community all you need is a computer and access to the Internet and there are a number of ways to do so. The first of course is to make your own secret. Secrets can be anything and made with anything as long as it doesn’t get bigger than a 4-by-6 postcard. These postcards are sent to Frank Warren’s address in Maryland where they are scanned and posted each Sunday.

The second way to become part of the PostSecret Community is to make your own thread in any of the forums.

Once you have picked which one of the forums fits your secret click on that forum. For the purpose of this exercise I am going to use the Secrets of Ages 20 and Over. Now you can either begin your own thread or read through the different threads that have already been started and simply comment on something that calls to you. Keep in mind that this is a community of people who deeply care for each other, there is no judgment, no accusations, and most importantly just try to be caring and supportive.  Many of the threads that you will come in contact with are people asking for help, for advice or for someone to just let them know that they are not alone. If you comment on someone’s post please keep that in mind!

To start your own thread click on the button that says Post Topic. This will open into a screen where you can type in your secret. Once you have written your secret down or uploaded an image of your secret be sure to click on the box to indicate that you want to see replies to your secret and those replies will be emailed to you.

Commenting on Others Posts

If you don’t know where to start or if you don’t feel comfortable writing down your own secret then take a chance to look at some of the things that other people have posted. As I said earlier PostSecret is a place that people go for advice or to just vent their feelings and whatever is on their mind. Here is an example of a post that you can comment on and help make someone’s life a little better. The post I am so frustrated. I feel like no one can relate, is one of many posts on the topic of being lost and not sure of what to do in life.

Commenting on someone’s thread is extremely simple and just like creating your own thread or using the Discussion Board on Blackboard. Click on the Reply button and it will lead you to a page that is identical to the one for creating your own thread.

Again please remember that anything you say can have either a positive or negative effect on who you are replying to. This is a place to help people, not to bring them further down. Above all know that you are not alone and no matter who you are, what is going on in your life, what you have done, what your dreams are, what you fear, or what your secret is, the PostSecret Community is here for you, to help you through whatever is going on in your life.


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All About PostSecret

Sunday Secrets-

The website PostSecret.com is updated every Sunday with new secrets from those that Frank has received over the week. It is impossible for him to post all of the secrets for the simple reason that there are thousands each week in his mailbox. These postcards are 4 by 6 inches are decorated in a variety of ways using magazine clippings, handwriting, art, anything. No two secrets are the same and anyone can send in a secret regardless of what that secret is.

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The PostSecret community was born out of this project and has become a global community of people who talk with each other and help each other through a host of problems. Anyone can join the PostSecret community and when you do you are brought into a group of people who are across the globe and vary in age and life experiences. The chat forum is split up into a number of different topic headings.


In the forums listed above people are able to talk to each other about a host of different issues under different subheadings. For example some of the subheadings under “Secrets of Ages 20 and Over” are, “Sitting in the emergency room with my daughter”, “Things you want to say to people” and “It hurts so much”. By going into one of these subheadings people are able to read what the author posted and comment, give advice, let them know that you are praying for them or just let them know that you have been through something similar and that they are there for you. This online community that has been born out of the chat forum as a by-product of the PostSecret project spans the globe and covers any number of topics and issues. Not only does it serve as an interesting social experiment, but it also shows that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are or what you are going through. The world isn’t as small as we once believed it to be and there are people out there who might not know you, but they still care about what happens to you and what you are going through.

Video Secrets-

As thousands of secrets continue to be mailed in to Frank each week another outlet for telling your secret has come about through users on YouTube. People have begun to make videos telling their secrets. These videos are set to music that is personal to its creator and helps to tell the story behind their secret. The videos also allow people with longer secrets get their secrets out without the limitation of the 4 by 6 inch postcard.

Here are some videos that can be found on YouTube…

The band All American Rejects contacted Frank Warren and asked if they could use some of the secrets he has received for their new music video for their song Dirty Little Secret. All of the secrets in this video have been sent to Frank in the last 5 years.

The following are either compilations of secrets or videos made by individuals telling their secrets.


Through its rising popularity the PostSecret project prompted a number of art exhibits and events around the country, “’PostSecret Live” is a multi-media presentation by Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret. See the postcards that were banned from the books. Hear the inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets” (PostSecret). These events take place all over the country and more often then not they are sold out within a few days of open ticket sales opening.


As the popularity and demand from fans and the growing PostSecret Community to see more the secrets grew Frank was approached by HarperCollins to publish a book of secrets. There are currently 5 books of secrets available, The Secret Lives of Men and Women, A Lifetime of Secrets, My Secret, Confessions on Life, Death and God and the original book, PostSecret.

The National Hopeline Network­-

This 24-hour suicide prevention hotline is dedicated to anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is thinking about suicide. Frank has dedicated a portion of the proceeds from each book sale to the Hopeline to help further what they do and to continue preventing suicides around the country as thousands of the secrets that Frank has received center around suicide.


Warren, Frank. PostSecret. Blogger.com. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <http://www.postsecret.com/&gt;.

Warren, Frank. PostSecret Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives. 1st ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. Print.

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We all have secrets, things that keep us up at night, inside jokes that make us smile to ourselves, and then there are the secrets we keep to keep others safe. Secrets can define who you are and determine how you live your life as they eat you up inside. Frank Warren, a business owner from Maryland, is a keeper of nearly 10,000 secrets, a number that is growing each day. What began as a social experiment for one man has turned into a worldwide community, an outlet for people to share secrets, 5 books, live events across the country, and a number of art exhibits as well as an outbreak of  similar PostSecret projects in other countries.

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In 2003 Frank Warren took a trip to Paris where he had a dream about three postcards that he had bought, each one had a written message on the back. When he woke up he tried to re-create those messages, beginning a project that would soon consume him. A month later in January he started the ‘reluctant oracle’ project where he created these postcards and left them in places for people to find. As different people discovered the postcards the story of their discoveries found local, national, and international media coverage. The last message read, “You will find your own answers in the secrets of strangers”(Warren, Print). And so the PostSecret program was born.


Warren, Frank. PostSecret. Blogger.com. Web. 21 Apr. 2011. <http://www.postsecret.com/&gt;.

Warren, Frank. PostSecret Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives. 1st ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. Print.

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