Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A long overdue message from the writer

Dear readers,

After writing, printing, cutting out, and gluing together more than 400 fake secrets over the past two years, it's time for me to call it quits.

The reason is simply that I've run out of ideas for silly postcards. (If you've looked at PostSecret lately, you might have noticed that they're suffering from similar issues.) I've already gone through two long, unannounced hiatuses in the hope that I'd be able to come back with some real content, but alas, that well has more or less dried up.

Still, I'll miss writing for this site. I don't think I'll ever again be able to look at an "Avery Permanente Glue Stic" (or any glue stic, for that matter) without getting a little bit sentimental. And I'm hardly ready to part with Fred Jurgens, that lovable scamp. I'm sure he'll crop up again elsewhere in my writing.

It's been a pleasure to read your comments over the years, especially the ones where you guys debate whether anyone has a right to be mad at me for not updating consistently because I provide you with a free service. To my supporters: I am touched by your support. To my detractors: your words weigh heavily upon my soul.

I'm keeping this blog online, so the archive will still be available as an everlasting memorial to the satiric potential of the secret-on-postcard form. And I may end up posting a secret or two more, if the inspiration strikes me...so keep this site in your feed reader if you want to see that.

There will be new, more-consistently updated(!) projects from me soon, and if you'd like to hear about them when they happen, sign up for the PostRejects newsletter.

In closing, I would like to relate an amusing story. I spoke to Frank Warren at a PostSecret event some months ago. Nice guy-- and definitely aware of PostRejects. "You know," he said to me when I introduced myself, "people actually think you steal secrets from my trash".

It turns out that Frank would frequently receive e-mails about Postrejects, some alerting him to Fred Jurgens's fictitious pilfering of his garbage, others expressing hurt and betrayal at the thought that their own secrets might have been thrown away. He was not pleased about this.

I'd like to set the record straight for those people: Frank has not thrown your secret away. He would never do that.

In fact, the only reason he has not put your secret in his books or on his website is that it is simply too precious, too raw, too unimaginably moving to share with the rest of the world. So he has placed it in his personal archive, like the priceless treasure that it is.

On certain Wednesdays, Frank gently removes your postcard from storage and sits with it in his favorite armchair, running his fingers lovingly across its face, feeling the tiny ridges along each cut-out piece of text, and imagines the heartbreaking story that lies within. A single tear runs down his &c &c &c &c &c

All the best,
Mike

40 comments:

JACkory said...

It's hard to believe your comedic muse has fled after reading that. I hate PostSecret but have always loved PostRejects because it puts everything in perspective. And it's one of the funniest things on the Internet. It will be sorely missed and hopefully you'll get a little charge of inspiration occasionally and show us how absence makes the heart grow fonder. Thanks for the laughs.

Anonymous said...

Sucks. I've loved this project, especially one days when PostSecret was filled less with secrets than boring complaints.

I've always thought of submitting a few to you.

Dianne said...

You liar! He does not!

Tyler said...

Its been real. Its been fun. And its been real fun.

Emily said...

Nooooo I love Post Rejects!!! I will miss you :(

Nancy said...

I love(d) PostRejects. I'm sad to see it go, but glad it was here. I salute you, Fred J.

Anonymous said...

wow, and I'm a sucker for believing your story... =( well, happy trails to you.. hope you find your place in life. It was still a good concept tho...toodles..

Anonymous said...

Nooooo... Thanks for all the laughs, I always enjoyed this site :)

Anonymous said...

You'll be missed! I will check back every now and again.
This blog is/(was) genius. Take care, thanks for all the laughs.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see the PostReject project end, but I think we are all glad it whipped through our lives. Good luck w/ your next pursuit, there is not a fucking chance in hell I'll read it.

Anonymous said...

This is sad. I would always check PostRejects for a laugh after reading PostSecret. Such a good idea.

Marley said...

Oh Gosh, I'm going to miss it so very much. I hope one day you come back. <3

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see this go- it was too funny and always brightened my day
>=/

Thanks for all the laughs!

Diane said...

I will miss your humour and this site. Thank you for beginning this project; its been fun. I looked forward to this much more than PostSecret. Best wishes.

Les Petites Sceptiques said...

Shame to see this site go. I hope that you will be able to randomly post some things, even if it's only a few times a year...I'll still check the RSS feed every day.
~Tamsyn.

Anonymous said...

awwwww :(

i loved opening up this and the postsecret site and reading the submissions side by side. was hard to tell which ones were real - which of course only made everything more funny

thanks :)

givemeadayjaime said...

You are such a worthless prick, whoever the hell you really are.

Anonymous said...

sad to hear that. this was an excellent site!

CJW said...

Sorry to see you go, man. Though I generally like PostSecret, PostRejects gave me a needed does of humor. Thanks for the fun!

Bethbot said...

This was way better than the original. I'll miss you!

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Anonymous said...

COME BACK DUDE
pls?

Anonymous said...

Wow thats such a shame i always looked forward to your uploads and insisted all my friends check this site out (they loved it too). It'll be missed even more seen as postsecret seems to be getting more boring week by week. I'm gonna miss the laughs. Thanks for all your work and good luck :)

Anonymous said...

MARRY ME

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your brand of humor with the internets.

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We all are always here to support you.

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