Daily Post / Haiku : Tentative

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write out a new dream
look! I have a follower
tentative hope dawns

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

When you first start something that’s different from your family or friend’s lifepaths, it’s hard.  Unintentionally, they discourage you by either treating it Continue reading Daily Post / Haiku : Tentative

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Glorious

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dusty sage and buffs
plants struggling against the heat ­—
glorious sunsets
haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Photograph:  Saguaro National Park Saguaro Sunset by National Park Service Digital Image Archives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

From Amazon, some random Arizona sunset things I saw.  Sometimes Amazon surprises me with the breadth of things on its site.  Who knew they had Arizona license plates?  I still remember when they only sold books (omg! that totally dates me!). I had expected to find a coffee book on Arizona sunsets but no go. Instead, I found the unavailable “Volcanoes of Arizona: San Francisco Peaks, Sunset Crater, San Francisco Volcanic Field, Uinkaret Volcanic Field, Mount Elden, Humphreys Peak”. I had no clue Arizona had volcanoes. So throwing up my hands, I looked for Arizona photography books. I love the Arizona Highways magazine so that was an easy choice. The how-to wildflower one reminded me I need to get out more and shoot some photos.

Arizona Sunset Silhouette Metal License Plate
100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear In Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona

Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How

I’ve been accepted as an Amazon affiliate. Last month I got my first “buy”. Haven’t gotten a second one yet. Still I’m happy. The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Sting

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an ode to Sting

every breath you take
all for love – three musketeers
we’ll be together

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

 

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From Amazon on Sting:


57TH & 9TH

Fields Of Gold – The Best Of Sting 1984 – 1994

The Very Best Of Sting And The Police

Broken Music: A Memoir (autobiography)

I’ve been accepted as an Amazon affiliate. Last month I got my first “buy”. Haven’t gotten a second one yet. Still I’m happy. The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Recreate

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recreate new lives
imagination runs wild
real hearts beat beneath
haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

When my mom needed someone to stay home with her (her cancer meds Continue reading Daily Haiku / Senryu : Recreate

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Flavorful

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umami flavor
taste named in 1908
whatever. yummy!
          haiku by M. Nakazato Lafreniere

Umami is now a word describing the taste meaty or savory.  Scientifically legitimized in the 1980s as the fifth taste, umami  stars such foods as tomatoes, mushrooms, parmesan and beans that have a rich meaty taste.  Oh, and MSG too.  So now you know why your mom used to sprinkle it on everything.

References:Umami, Wikipedia

What The Hell Is Umami, Anyway? by Julie R. Thomson, 12/22/2014, Huffpost

Umami 101, the 5th taste by Nick, 1/31/2012, Macheesmo: cooking with confidence

Buzzword: Umami, 3/2/2010, MacMillan Dictionary

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Photo: Soup by bykst on Pixabay

A few Umami books on Amazon, mostly cookbooks but one is on fementation … perks up


Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste

At Home with Umami: Home-cooked recipes unlocking the magic of super-savory deliciousness

Unravelling the Umami Taste (kindle only)

The Umami Factor: Full-Spectrum Fermentation for the 21st Century

I’ve been accepted as an Amazon affiliate.  Last month I got my first “buy”.  Haven’t gotten a second one yet.  Still I’m happy.  The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%.  Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Daily haiku / senryu : Thorny

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my brand new blog veers
stay? move? new name? lost views, likes!
a thorny debate

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I think most new bloggers like myself hit this point where their first blog name no longer fits or one category takes off.  Part of it is as you write, you find out what you want to write.

Making a name jump is a little scarey.  Views and likes are so precious when you’re beginning because there are so few of them.  I met a guy recently who talked casually of not keeping up with his blog as it has a life of it’s own with more than 400 followers.  I was happy with getting ten, lol.

So losing view counts, likes and maybe followers as you split is a tad scarey.  I took a couple weeks to make up my mind after I thought of a new name as I was worried about the tech aspect of moving — it was much easier than I espected although there is a lot of cleanup still to do — have to add all my featured images back, for example, and my blog roll.

Like all new things, it’s not until you’re in the future that you can look back and see if it was a great idea to move or if the old neighborhood was a much better fit.  At least the name is shorter and I snagged a “.com”.  Those are getting scarce on the ground.

I like my new name and I’m crossing my fingers that all goes well.

So what about you?  are you contemplating a name change?  a new blog? or already changed?  if you already changed, how did it go?

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