A Haiku A Day




Hi, I’m a developer at Tiny Axe and my role is to provide technical solutions to clients needs. This could be in the form of websites, web apps or mobile apps. While it’s an infinitely enjoyable task, my creativity is often by budgets and timelines. I’m always building something for someone else, according to their brand and their message. To counterbalance this, I decided I needed to flex my own creative muscles and work on something for myself.

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Haiku a Day is my own personal project where I’ve leveraged two things I love doing: writing poetry and writing code. The only limitations are my own imagination and of course, time.

What is a Haiku?

A haiku is a simple yet ancient form of Japanese poetry. The first and third lines have five syllables, the second has seven. There’s no need for rhymes, but they’re a definite bonus.


Why every day?

I took a page out of the Seinfeld productivity book: Don’t break the chain. The best way to start writing, be it code, a book, or poetry is to do it every day. It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be. I wanted to write at least one haiku every day, with the hope I’d eventually get better, and maybe my haikus could even be published.

But who needs a publisher?

We live in the digital age. It may be a cliché but it simply means we aren’t beholden to any grand corporate entity if we want to publish our work. Having developed websites over the past seven years, I know a thing or two about building my own. So I decided I’d build a simple website primarily focused on the Haikus. This is where my love of writing code came into play.


What’s it built on?

I’m glad you asked! I moved away from the solutions I’d normally pitch to clients. I could do whatever I liked and build with whatever tools I choose, even experimental ones.

I’ve been in this industry long enough to see new frameworks, programming languages and methodologies come and go. Especially in the front-end environment, we’ve seen an explosion of new technologies. ReactJS is one such new technology that stood out to me. The Haiku a Day website is giving me a chance to learn this new javaScript library and form my own opinions on its use for future clients.


Where do I go from here?

One thing on my radar is to branch out into the social sphere and blast my haikus on Twitter, Instagram and beyond. Once I hit the one hundred Haiku milestone, I’d consider publishing a physical (gasp!) compilation. Ensuring I write a Haiku every day has been one of the most motivating adventures this year. With each little piece of poetry, I discover a little bit about myself.


By Nav on April 21, 2016
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