Good Morning neighbor! I’ll admit that’s a bit over the top and if you’ve not had coffee yet and find that a bit too enthusiastic I apologize, and I’ll wait right here while you get some coffee so you can keep up. Ready?
I find it ironic and amusing (because I do love me some irony) that in my “meet the neighbors” post I completely missed the mark on just WHO my neighbors are. I referenced a US children’s program, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” which left a good portion of my non-US audience a bit left out in the cold. Today is another day and as my day 4 assignment is find your target audience and write for them, here I am to try to close that gap a little.
One of my favorite co-workers is in South Africa (we have a distributed workforce, much like WordPress/Automattic itself and my co-workers are all over the world) and I love the cultural exchange we have with things like food, current events, and popular culture. I am absolutely guilty of thinking that my cultural experiences are similar to everyone else’s, when clearly they are not. I have no doubt that people in Europe or Asia know far more about American culture than I know of theirs. I will try to be cognizant of that when posting lest I alienate my non-US readers.
Why did I love Mr. Rogers? and more importantly why did I love him MORE than Sesame Street? Let me elaborate. Sesame Street was a wonderful show, full of songs and educational items and muppets, lots of muppets. It’s the show that gave us Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and has been exported to countries all over the globe. It was pure fantasy + colorful + learning and I loved it as a child. Mr Rogers was different, sure there were puppets helping explain (or provide the object lesson) for abstract concepts like jealousy or sadness and even divorce, but I really loved when Mr. Rogers left his house and showed us what other people were doing! His field trips to meet other people is what fascinated me, visits to museums, factories (too see how things are made), musicians, stage actors… the list goes on and on. I realize the reason I loved the show is a bit like why I like blogging, and why I love the internet. I get to meet new people who live and do things differently, sure we all have common interests but what fascinating differences!