Thursday, August 18, 2005
Secrets -- or "secrets" -- on view
Have you discovered PostSecret? The Times mentioned it a few months ago, and it's one of the most popular blogs out there, even though it's not really a blog in the truest sense. It is however posted via Blogger, so it gets ranked on Technorati's Top 100 Blogs list (currently at #7). Basically, people send personalized and creatively decorated postcards with secrets -- or "secrets" -- on them to an address in Germantown, Maryland, and the webmaster posts photos of them on the site. There is no way to really verify if most of these statements are true, but you get the sense that a lot of them are, from the care and time that people put into them. Either that or you have a lot of creative people with extra time on their hands and overactive imaginations. They run the gamut from horrifying and troublesome to cute and revealing. In their brevity and directness, some are especially devestating. Some of them are best NOT read where others can see over your shoulder (i.e., some would be rated PG-13 or R). Because PostSecret has attracted people who are sometimes in dire straits, the site promotes a suicide-prevention hotline, which was sort of creepy to me at first, but later I felt that it was a good thing to include here. The site is updated every Sunday.