Since originally coming up with the “secrets” idea, my project has changed quite a bit. That is most likely due to the fact that I had zero idea of what I wanted to do with “secrets” when this all began, and now I sort of have a concept for what I want my project to look like. Hey that’s progress, right?
At any rate, while trying to decide what tangible “thing” I wanted to create by the end of the semester, a lot of issues came up. How was I going to make this different than PostSecret? Was it starting to resemble Humans of New York? How could I make this my own, and not a worse version of something that already exists?
When I landed on the idea of mini podcasts – many thanks to my peer review group! – I got pretty excited. I definitely had some things to work through: would other people be able to post, or just me? Is it just podcasts, or can I include other mediums (photos, text, etc.)? Content wise, I also had to work out a few kinks. Sure, secrets are interesting inherently, but I want to look at the consequences of keeping secrets. How does keeping someone’s secret affect the secret-keeper? I’ve been narrowing my scope in order to make this different from other sites. The psychology behind secrets has become the focal point as I move forward with the project, due to many hours of self and peer questioning.