When they first started their virtual confessional, Gary Brazier and Scott Huot named it Notproud.com, figuring that those willing to admit their sins online might be a little sheepish about what they’d done.
Lately, Brazier has been rethinking that decision.
It turns out that about half of the confessors on the site are proud of their vices.
“You’d think, given what people confess, they might be a little more repentant,” Brazier said. But they “weren’t looking for redemption” when they came to the site, he added. “They were looking to say that they have a secret, or to get something off their chests and shout it out loud.”
Over the past three years, Brazier and Huot have collected 15,000 confessions on their Web site, which draws about 10,000 visitors a month. The confessions are all anonymous, and are organized by a list of the seven deadly sins — Anger, Pride, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Greed and Lust, with a “Misc.” category, “just in case there is crossover,” Huot said.