I just found The Experience Project online. It tells you to Be Yourself, Be Real and to anonymously connect with people just like you. They claim to have had 3,253,248 stories shared. The stories are divided into catagories: experiences, confessions, challenges, dreams or advice.
You can search the site by groups i.e. “I Live in a Sexless Marriage” (7388 members) , “I Like to Read” (8674 members), or “I am a New Member at Experience Project” (8658 members). I guess it’s reassuring to know that more members read than don’t have sex with their partners.
OK, I confess, I went to the confessions. It told me I was not alone, and that secrets are best shared with friends. When I join the network I will have millions of friends. Some of the categories I perused were love, family, venting, funny and other. Here’s an example of an other confession:
Vegetarian pain: oh my goodness … I SO want to eat some chicken. It’s not just that I’m hungry right now; I want chicken. I’m not a full-blown vegetarian or vegan so it’s OK if I have it but I’m striving to be as vegetarian & vegan as I possibly can. If I fight this craving, it’s a victory all around.
And a funny story that I didn’t think was so funny:
I made my dog fall on her face: I have a wiener dog named Pebbles. Well, she was sitting on my lap today and started barking at my german shepherd. So in an attempt to keep Pebbles from getting in a fight with the shepherd, I lifted my leg so she couldn’t jump over it. But instead of preventing her from jumping it made her lose her balance and she fell on her face. She even lost a tooth. I felt so bad that I’m letting her sleep with me tonight.
I Googled anonymous stories and came up with a bunch of other online resources:
A Story to Share collects and shares true stories of heartache and love from all over the world
Stop Our Silence are anonymous testimonies of survivors of sexual violence
America Anonymous is a site for sharing addiction and recovery stories
Stories Told is a place people with eating disorders can share
You can read Coming Out Stories on the All Things Queer Gay and Lesbian Issues website
And the mother of all confessionals, Post Secret, which started with postcards and is now a fancy website with their own song.
It seems that there are ample opportunities to tell stories but I must confess that I’m still most interested in seeing the face of the person telling.
How about you? Is anonymous better than facing up?