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Haiku harshing

Written By: Jenn - Mar• 19•12

Hey haiku gang! [Clearly a post just for participants of SHW, but you can read it even if you don’t participate! ;) ]

Anyhoo, I just finished going through last week’s linked up list for our haiku community, and I’m a smidge put out. My nose is out of joint. Ever so slightly ticked off. I have a bit of a beef to lay on you. Not all of you, but, you know… some of you.

Oh drat, I’m getting all “grrr” and stuff, just like I never wanted to!

Here it is; Our beloved meme, Sensational Haiku Wednesday (A.K.A. “SHW”) is indeed sensational, isn’t it? It’s the fabulous participants that make it that way, for sure! But… it has a few guidelines that we really need to stick to. They’re not unreasonable ones either, and this is why I’m somewhat disgruntled.

The meme is 5-7-5, so that means for this meme, and in order to be eligible to link up with it, your haiku (at least one of them) must be in 5-7-5 format.

If you link up, you need to have a link back on your site. Only fair, don’t you think? The only exception to that rule would be if you’re leaving your haiku in the comments on my website.

    Please don’t try to link to posts made on Facebook or Google+ – it doesn’t work for most people unless they’re friends with you. Feel free to leave your haiku in the comments on my blog though! You’re very welcome to do that. Linking to a really old post of your own? Great, as long as it’s on topic, and you update it to include a link back here.

There’s only 2 other guidelines, and those are “link to your post and not your main site”, and “stay on theme“. You don’t even need to use the prompt word, as long as you relate your haiku to it. Past that, I don’t even demand that you use my graphics – you can use a simple text link! See? I’m so easy to deal with!

For whatever reason I found myself having to remove a pile of links today, and I felt awful doing it. I also updated a couple of links that went to main pages, which I’d really rather not have to do, and I did end up leaving a couple that I should have removed.

In the grand scheme of things I suppose this isn’t earth shattering, but this meme means a lot to me, and to many of you. I do take it personally. So I confess; I’m bummed out.


Note: SHW Will be delayed in posting on Wednesday until 9am EDT (Toronto/NY time)


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  1. Why, yes, I do believe your nose is somewhat out of joint! :)

    (But, really, how hard is it to stay within the stated boundaries?)

    Hope it goes better for you–and all of us–this week!

  2. Helen says:

    I have a haiku for this week – my first for Haiku Wednesday. I appreciate the clear direction … I participate in Poetry Jam and in Magpie Tales .. it is irritating to click on an entry only to discover it has nothing to do with the prompt that week.

    See you tomorrow!!

  3. G-Man says:

    Your Auto post SUCKS!!!

  4. becca givens says:

    I really really really thought mine was correct between 3 counters and my fingers — sorry, Jenn! :-)

  5. Your rules are quite clear.
    Sorry it’s such a battle
    to get compliance.

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  7. Ellecee says:

    Perfect take, Great Haiku.

  8. Teresa says:

    I don’t blame you for being upset. You are quite reasonable with your requests. I have to say though, I am blonde and might occasionally miscount.

  9. Carol says:

    Hang in there ~ it will work out ~ all part of the ‘human conditon’ thanks ~ namaste, Carol ^_^

  10. zongrik says:

    at first, I thought the prompt was fiction, oh wellll…i put up two today, one for fiction and one for battle. have no idea. what went wrong.

  11. Ellecee says:

    I appreciate your frustration. I hope we all do better this week. We love this Sensational Haiku Wednesday.