2010 is here, and I started a new project to inject a little more interesting fodder in a parent resource blog/information tool.
Letâ€™s face it a blog about NJ Playgrounds can be pretty bland . It probably is one of the most boring topics for a parent to look up. But parents still search for places for their kids to go to, indoor or outdoor, so my little website has proven to be a useful tool.
Iâ€™ve been able to visit many of those places my precious â€œcommentersâ€, friends and playground fans have told me about.
So about the projectâ€¦
Iâ€™ve always been intrigued by fame. How it affects one’sÂ life,Â especially for parentsÂ takingÂ theirÂ kids out. Â AreÂ they successful in being invisible or do they get easily noticed?
So starting small, Iâ€™m asking 30 NJ celebrities what their favorite playground is.
Will we get any response? Who knows.
Iâ€™ll tell you one thing, the famous NJ native, @ThatKevinSmith makes himself extremely accessible, but the sheer number of people pinging him makes it seem like a lottery for a response. I am a non-celebrity and have trouble keeping up with email sometimes, what happens when you have a huge following?
Iâ€™ll be sharing my results in the project, who I emailed, wrote, called, facebooked, twittered, what were the response times, and any fun stuff on the way..
Who are these 30 NJ Celebrities?
Well ideally weâ€™d have 30 celebrities who have children in the Garden State and have a favorite spot to take them, but letâ€™s face the facts.
1) A big chunk of native NJ folk that have become famous have moved to LA, NYC, etc.
2) Celebrities from NJ come in all ages and may not necessarily have kids/grandkids of playground age or like playgrounds. So they may be drawing from their past memories so itâ€™s more of a reminiscent recommendation. Also do celebrities really go to playgrounds? Do they create their own kiddie paradises in their backyard or lower estate?
3) The definition of celebrity- I know Iâ€™ll have to be a little flexible especially when it comes to the definition of â€œNJ celebrityâ€ Iâ€™ve started my preliminary list subject to change. I would love to include also famous writers, experts, just a variety, so far I picked comedians, reality tv, and actors with kids: Kevin Smith, Jim Breuer, The Real Housewives of NJ, Brooke Shields, Stephen Colbert, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jay Mohrâ€¦
Who else should I include?
Weâ€™d love to know who you consider a NJ Celebrity who would answer what their fave play place is to take their kids. If you give us a good/original recommendation, weâ€™ll add you to our â€œcredit pageâ€, name and link. Also anyone have experience getting in touch with celebrities? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Iâ€™m targeting June 1, 2010 to share the results of this project, with some updates in between.
HI it’s Alex from PlayGround Chronicles in Halifax, NS.
It’s a great idea. I’ve been planning on pursuing it too. I haven’t got out of the blocks as yet though I have a few people in mind to approach. Let me know how it pans out for you.