Post Secret: Frank Warren

If you have never heard of Frank Warren or Post Secret, you need to google both of those terms immediately - or at least after you have read this post! Warren is the creator of www.PostSecret.com and is known as the most trusted stranger in America, but I think that now extends to the rest of the world. Want to know why?

I have been an avid Post Secret fan for many years, initially discovering the secrets when I saw the music video of the All American Rejects’ Dirty Little Secret a few years ago, and wanting to know more about the concept behind the stories on the postcards. From as long as I can remember, I am often found on my laptop every Sunday morning, trawling the PostSecret blog to see which new secrets have been posted for the week.

For the unfamiliar, Post Secret started off as an art community project for founder Frank Warren in November, 2004, where he printed and sent out 3,000 postcards inviting people to share a secret with him. He handed the cards out at subway stations, art galleries, and even slipped them through pages of books at the library. Slowly, the secrets began to find their way to his mailbox.

After several weeks, he stopped passing out postcards but the secrets kept on coming.

Post Secret is all about sharing your secrets – anonymously. Your secret can be a fear, regret, betrayal, desire, confession, childhood humiliation, fantasy, or a simple thought. Frank Warren asks that you “reveal anything – as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before”.

Known to many as “the most trusted stranger in America”, Warren invites everyone around America (and the world) to participate in the phenomenon that is Post Secret where we become involved on a collective level to become artists – free to explore and share private aspects of ourselves creatively, simply by writing and the use of visual art on the back of a postcard.

This 12-minute video from TED pretty much sums up the entire idea of the project, “a crazy idea that after a while didn’t seem so crazy”. Within this video you’ll see secrets that have been sent to Warren in the past. Secrets that are honest, hilarious and sometimes often, heartbreaking.

Whether you are a creator or a viewer of the Post Secret project, we are all affected and changed by experiencing the creative process and interacting with the results of the works of art simply by the reaction we feel when we read these particular words.

Warren has found that throughout this journey, no two secrets are identical, but every secret he has received has a story behind it. All secrets have stories, but they can also offer truths.

We all have secrets. We may not always recognise them but they are part of us – like when we wake up from a dream that we can’t replay when our eyes are open. And most of the time, they are secrets for a reason: namely, because we want to keep them hidden from the prying eyes and open ears around us. Everybody has secrets and through PostSecet.com, Frank Warren is able to give us an anonymous outlet to let them out empowering us all.

If you want to find out more, head to www.postsecret.com and read the secrets sent to Frank everyday, but where he posts the most significant every Sunday. If you want to participate, send your anonymous secret to:

PostSecret
13345 Copper Ridge Road
Germantown, Maryland
20874-3454 (USA)

Will you share your secrets? Check out some secrets from the past that have peaked my interest and/or tugged at my heartstrings.

And one more thing, please also watch this visual. I’ll admit, it made me a little teary. As you watch, you’ll see that the secrets told by each person are just pieces of the truth that people are confessing to. Short bouts of information that people keep hidden inside because they are afraid of someone’s reaction. Of what people will think of them and how they will be judged. That’s how I see it.

50 People. One Question. What is your secret?

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