Nov 17th 2014 by FrankWarrenHere • 21 Questions • 684 Points
What does your mail carrier think of all of this? And do you give him/her a big tip over the holidays?
My mail carrier wrote 4 pages in the new PostSecret book about her experiences. She told me once that her favorite secret was one that read, "I used to work at the Post Office and we used to read people's postcards all the time...Are you doing that...?"
I guess she was...
Has there ever been a secret that you read and just broke down after? What's one that has always stood out to you?
There are some secrets that come from young people telling a story no young person should ever have to carry.
"My friends complain about how bitchy their moms can be... I would give my right arm just to have my mom alive again for one day." [arrived on a postcard with a picture of an arm and a prosthetic limb]
How long do you think you will continue with the Post Secret project?
Good question. It has been ten years and I write about how the project may end in the new book, "The World of PostSecret". One idea is to kill it like the PostSecret App to keep its purity. Another idea is to give the secrets back to people in handcrafted boxes.
Or maybe I can be like Willy Wonka and hand over my house keys to a super fan. Any takers?
I talked to my wife today about making a stay here available on ABnB - that would be pretty cool.
Hi Frank! I've been following PostSecret for years now and I love the community you've brought together. Through ups and downs of my life, I have looked at the website every Sunday and there is always at least one secret that hits close to home.
My question is: Have you ever received a secret that made you so worried, you reported it to someone or you replied yourself? I can only imagine over the years the hundreds or thousands that threatened to endanger themselves and/or others. I always wondered how you handled that.
Thanks for the AMA!
I do worry about some of the secrets I get but they all come anonymously. Over the ten years of PostSecret the PostSecret community has raised over $1,000,000 for suicide prevention (Thank You!!!) and I tour and speak about secrets and mental wellness at colleges and universities.
Two days ago I gave the keynote address at the National Conference of Active Minds. They do great work with student on over 400 campuses - if you have not heard of them check them out - they need leaders like you.
Frank, I love the community that surrounds PostSecret and cannot put words to how much I love Sunday mornings to see the secrets that I might share in common with the sender. My questions are: 1. What is the largest size secret you have ever received? 2. How much space do you estimate all the secrets now take up? You once posted a photo of the stack and I wondered how much it has grown?
The largest secret was sent on a sign about 4 feet by 5 feet. The smallest was sent on a condom wrapper.
My wife and I had to build a new room on to our house for all the secrets.
After all the secrets you've read, does anything surprise you anymore? Or do you feel like you have "heard it all before"?
I am not shocked anymore but I am still surprised every day.
Hi Frank! What do you do with the secrets where people send jewelry, such as wedding rings, attached?
All the postcards and objects come to my home. I read them all and I keep them all. I have received secrets written and mailed on flip-flops, naked Polaroid pictures and an uncooked Idaho potato.
Have you posted any of your own secrets? Who would you and any of your secrets to?
I have one of my secrets in every book.
This one is mine from book two, it's what I wish I had known when I was in high school.
"If you feel like you are going insane, and you are trapped in a dysfunctional environment, You Are Not Crazy." [mailed to myself on a 'Cather in the Rye' book cover]
I get a lot of secrets from people who are someplace on that journey trying to find that one person they can tell all their secrets to. I also get a lot about peeing in the show. :)
Hi Frank, I love PostSecret and actually I recently become your neighbor. What's your favorite place to eat in Germantown?
Going there right now with my wife before we see Birdman, Paladar.
Thanks for your secrets over the years and thanks for your great questions.
If you ever feel like there is no one to hear your secret, you can always write it on a postcard and mail to my home here in Germantown.
PostSecret 13345 Copper Ridge Rd Germantown, MD 20874
Has the experience of collecting and publishing all of the secrets over the years had any sort of emotional impact on you? Was it taxing in the beginning and not so anymore? If it really was, how did you manage it?
I can imagine that having such a deep connection with someone's hurt or fears without actual contact could lead to one feeling saddened.
Everyone has at least one secret that could break your heart. If we can just remember that I think there would be more understanding, empathy and maybe peace in the world.