Who needs 140 characters? For the past couple of months, I’ve been lucky to be included in a weekly Haiku exercise. It’s great to see how the people in this Tuesday group see the world through the simple pattern of 5-7-5.
It’s not like the addiction that is tweeting and Facebook. I mean, really, how much do I really need to know about the small details of people’s days? I don’t even want to share my own. But hey, we all get to choose how we want to share, with whom, and which gory details.
I guess I like that it’s the rules of this particular engagement. It’s weekly. It’s Haiku. And that’s about it. There’s no limit to the maximum number you can submit. One is super. More is good, too.
Just goes to show that using the power of language, with restrictions, can still provide an impactful message. Sure, I get paid to write. But that doesn’t mean I’ll always want to use a bunch of words. Quite the contrary. I believe less can be more when that’s the best/right solution for the communication. But I also don’t believe in the “a picture is worth a thousand words” mentality that some art-directors-who-will-go-nameless want to use.
It’s amazing how much I start thinking of responses in the 5-7-5 rule. Especially as Tuesday approaches and I know I’ll start seeing the weekly contributions from the group. And know that I have my own to share.
Tweet if you want to,
But I’d rather share my world