Sinners are spilling their guts at an Internet-age confessional: a Web site.
Under no threat of penance, hundreds of computer users have started unburdening themselves simply by sending their confessions in postcard form to the Web site, postsecret.blogspot.com.The site allows these new-age exhibitionists the chance to anonymously broadcast their darkest, or just bizarre, secrets.
The postcards include everything from a person admitting that he felt more relief than grief after his father died to someone confessing to follow the pooper-scooper law only when people are watching.
Some of the confessions are zany.
Others are downright heartbreaking: "I still haven't told my father that I have the same disease that killed my mother."
The site was created by Frank Warren, 41, of Germantown, Md., in January. At the time, he was looking for a way to rid himself of a secret he had been keeping for more than 30 years. Only he won't say what it is.
Since the site was launched, Warren said he has had more than 1,500 submissions.
His instructions to the guilt-wracked are simple: Create your own 4-by-6-inch postcard and disclose your secret on one side.
Each week, he sorts through the couple hundred postcards he receives and selects those he feels are compelling enough to broadcast to the world.
As shocking as many of the secrets are on their own, the artwork that accompanies some is often equally striking.
One particularly dramatic postcard includes the phrase, "I've always wanted to rob a bank," in red highlight.
The words are punctuated by what appear to be several bullet holes in the card.
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