Searching your own name on the internet is a risky move – you never know what might turn up. Maybe you'll unearth that MySpace blog you lovingly curated as an angst-ridden 15-year-old, or discover that the video of you singing karaoke at last year's office Christmas party made its way onto YouTube after all (despite the promises of your co-workers).
Before we continue, I must stress that neither of these things can be found by searching my name. The top results when you search 'Rhys Owain Williams' are pretty much all linked to either this website or to my various social media profiles (hopefully that video of me singing Breakfast at Tiffany's will never see the light of day).
So it was a nice surprise when, out of vain curiosity, I put my name into the Twitter search engine and saw this tweet from 4 days ago:
A new Per Diem poem appears on the banner of The Haiku Foundation's website each day as part of a monthly, themed collection from a guest editor. This month's collection focuses on haiku poetry from Wales and, unbeknownst to me at the time, I was the featured poet on 1st May.
My haiku's 24 hours of fame have now been and gone, although it will be published in the foundation's Per Diem Archive at the end of the month as part of the complete collection. However, if you can't wait until then, I've also found out that it was previously selected for Ken Jones' A History of Welsh Haiku, also published by The Haiku Foundation, which you can read here: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/items/show/509
If you visit the foundation's website today (5th May), you'll be able to read Caroline Gourlay's haunting Per Diem haiku, although I'm sure that tomorrow's (and the next day's) will also be worth the visit.