Great video about the site shot, edited and written by former UMD broadcast journalism major Andres Gonzales. (https://twitter.com/#!/andago101)
About the site:
What is this all about? — Let’s face it: all of us have secrets. Some of us have dark secrets, others are just kind of goofy, but regardless, they all exist. This can be a way for people to anonymously express themselves. Whether you need to talk some shit, let go of a heavy past, or let out that silly secret you’ve kept for so long, this is the place for you. Some secrets are fun and entertaining, while others are deep and full of anguish. This is a place for everyone; you can contribute your own secret, read others to see what’s going on, or read find out that you aren’t alone in whatever obstacle you are facing.
How does it work? — To send me a secret, click on the “Send Me A Secret!” tab on the homepage. There is a comment box where you fill out your name (which can be fake), your e-mail address (which can also be fake), and your secret. This goes straight into my inbox, and I post them all ASAP. To send me a picture of something you see on campus, e-mail it to me at email@example.com.
Also, just as any other blog, this includes more than secrets. I also post things from time to time that I think are relevant (or sometimes irrelevant, depending on my mood). But don’t forget that you can browse the site by category, so you can just look at the secrets (or anything else). To do this, just select a category from the drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
Is this just for UMD students? — No. I started this being unsure that it would grow beyond the UMD campus, so I figured TerpSecret was a proper name. I was apparently wrong, but that’s all right. Anyone can participate. If you’re from another school, add that onto your secret, and I’ll add that to you secret!
Why did you start this? — As a JOUR100 student my freshman year at UMD, my professor told us that we needed to participate in every form of social media in order to get our name out there, including blogs. After many failed attempts at blogs, I came up with this in July 2011. I went with this idea originally because I am in LOVE with Frank Warren’s PostSecret, and thought I could tone it down make it more college student-friendly. If you don’t know what PostSecret is, I recommend you check it out. It is an absolutely amazing project. So no, I didn’t “rip off” the idea. He was, and continues to be, a HUGE inspiration to me. I also know that this does not even compare to the level of his work, so please, do me a favor and keep your negative comments about such to yourself.
Keep in mind… I am, in no way, an expert on blogging. I started this from scratch, and I’m still learning the whole process. I know this site isn’t perfect, and I know there is plenty to work on. If you don’t like the way I’m doing something, I will take kind feedback, but I don’t tolerate rude remarks. Also, I am a student, just like most of you. I also have a job, so I don’t have a ton of free time. I update and work on this as much as I can, but you have to remember that I’m a human too, so please bear with me.
Rules: I do have the right to NOT post something you send me. The only reason I will do that is if: A) your secret contains a name (yours or someone else’s), B) your secret contains contact information (yours or someone else’s), C) I don’t think your secret has a place on this site, or D) you send me something that isn’t a secret (i.e. “Poop.” — yes, it happens).
Who am I? — Well, my name is Sarah Tincher. I just graduated from the journalism school at the University of Maryland, and I’m now a reporter in Charleston, West Virginia.
What’s my story? — I have suffered from generalized anxiety disorder, clinical depression, and ADHD since early childhood. I’ve been medicated for these disorders since the beginning of August 2011, though it has still been rough since then. I have a blog relating directly to these disorders and the medications called Through The Medication. I’ve been pushed to the brink of disaster more than one time in my life, which could usually be attributed to the disorders rather than my quality of life. I’ve been doing my best to make things better because I know that I have a great amount of potential, and I refuse to let something like this bring me down anymore. Helping people through this blog has helped me fight my depression more than anything else has in my entire life. I have never been so happy. Just as I do for writing, I also have a passion for helping people. It took a lot of courage to get this far, but I’m glad that I did. It started with a speech about depression in my COMM107 class. I was so nervous standing up there, spilling my life out to so many people I barely knew. I thought they might judge me or look at me differently– but no one did. The positive feedback I received was tremendous. From there I started TerpSecret and proceeded with Through The Medication. I know a lot about this subject, and I want to do everything I can to help others who are suffering from it make it through.
I love and care about each and every one of you. Seriously. I know I don’t know who you are, and most of you don’t know me, but that doesn’t matter. We’re all people and we all have something in common. I’m always here to help. Don’t hesitate to message or e-mail me with questions, feedback, or if you just need someone to talk to.
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I cannot do this without your support! Thank all of you for the love you’ve shown me already. Keep on keepin’ on.