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 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. The secrets are meant to be empowering both to the author and to those who read it. Frank Warren claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger's secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance.[2
In October 2007, the PostSecret Community was launched (www.postsecretcommunity.com). Since its inception, more than 80,000 users 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. According to Youth Trends' February 2008 "Top Ten List Report" PostSecret was the 10th most popular site amongst female students in the USA, with 7% of those polled naming the site as their favorite.
The dj went on to say that this may be a good place to go if you need to "get something off your chest" before the holidays. I was shocked (I know I probably shouldn't be). It made me so sad to think that there are people out there who don't have someone in their life that they can share with and know, that no matter what, that friend/family will love them unconditionally! We are created for RELATIONSHIP!! Not anonymity!! And even more than that: What does that say about the CHURCH?! We are supposed to show LOVE to others, but so many people from outside the church don't want anything to do with believers, because they see us as judgemental and critical. I know that believers cannot excuse sin, but I believe if we loved each other & non-believers with the kind of love that Jesus showed, we wouldn't need "Post Secret" websites. We are supposed to share/ confess our sins to God and each other!
1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
James 5:16 says, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."
We were created to talk to God and each other. I wonder if our lives have become so busy that we don't take the time to develop authentic relationships...do we really know each other or even want to know each other?! Or are we so scared to share our "secrets" and lives with each other that we have become a society that needs to be anonymous? I hope you will take an opportunity and reach out to others...don't just have conversations where you talk about "the weather"! Listen for God's prompting to speak to others and really HEAR them...sometimes what they don't say is more important than what they do!