We designed the AwesomeBox group to be semi-private, meaning that only the participants specifically invited to a group can view them.
You can think about it like toasts at a wedding. When someone gives a toast, they're giving their sentiments in front of a small group of trusted people. Individuals at a wedding often will write their private messages separately on a card with their wedding gifts.
The purpose of AwesomeBox is to have a group experience, like toasts. We would suggest telling participants in an AwesomeBox that you do that there are many options for them to share private sentiments, such as a traditional greeting card, and encourage them to do so.
We designed AwesomeBox as a group experience for several reasons.
- First, we found that the community of participants love the way it allowed them to get to know and appreciate the recipient through the eyes of others.
- Second, the thoughtfulness increases in boxes. When people see what others wrote, it give them ideas of their own and often makes them want to put more effort into a thoughtful message.
- Lastly, the recipient finds it so much more powerful that a group of their friends and family came together to make it for them.
If you're hosting the box, then we understand that you might want to write more private cards in addition to ones that others might see. In that case, one idea is that you could order 10 blank cards (an option you'll see at checkout). These are simple white cards the same size and thickness as the others in the box. You could hand craft special cards with the more private messages you don't want others to see. Also, sometimes hosts order the blank cards if there is an event and they want to have some on hand for people who didn't make the deadline for the AwesomeBox.