Shortly after I succumbed to the phenomenon that is Twitter, I was introduced to #haikuday.* Dave from the Clay Adams Band started it—the general idea is to write and post haiku on Tuesdays. Early on, it was sometimes called “haikusday,” which in a way rhymes with Tuesday, but it has been standardized to “haikuday.”
The few of us who’ve been doing it aren’t very rigorous with the theory and practice of haiku. It’s just fun to put a Twitter kind of thought into seventeen syllables (as if 140 character wasn’t enough of a limit). I’ve been trying to keep the nature angle in my contributions, but I can’t claim to have that little leap in the last line that marks a fine haiku. It’s not like we spend all week composing, at least I don’t. It’s kind of a spur of the moment thing. But there’s no wrong way to do it, really; if one wanted to compose a really good one, that’s perfectly fine.
One week, Dave tried to get #haikuday into the “trending topics”, that list of hot subjects on the right side of the Twitter web interface. He posted something like a dozen haiku in a half-hour, and there were a couple others, but that wasn’t enough. It’s hard to break through on days when Iran and Jon & Kate are in the Twitter hive mind, I guess.
Anyway, that’s one way I’ve found Twitter to be fun, and a way to make it a little more interesting than “I had cereal for breakfast” kinds of Tweets.**
* Put a # in front of a word, and it becomes a “hash key”. It’s not an official feature supported by the Twitter overlords, but it’s frequently used to classify by topic.
** Clearly, if you’re going to mention your breakfast cereal on Twitter, you should be eating Shredded Tweet.