Oh, I do agree on both accounts. Them being recognized in their own home town should be a given. However, with Bon Bon there in GIYC I find that quite easily explained; Bon Bon was used as a random background pony #57 to represent a pony from out of town who came to Ponyville to see the new supermodel, Fluttershy. This was at a time when there were tons of clones in almost any crowd shot in the show, so I don't think that's too much of a stretch. Of course, one could argue Rarity could have been more known outside Ponyville, as well.
As for them doing everyday things, well, yes. I was referring to seasons one and two, and to some extent season three, with that. Now if Twilight was treated as a nobody I'd be rather upset, like I was with the Manehattan episode where a Princess of Equestria was told off in the taxi line or whatever. The nerve on some ponies!
I personally thought Twilight's alicornication was the end of an era, even if changes had been changing before that as well.  Maybe "if things had been changing", perhaps...[/edit] Twilight learning about Friendship being over and so on and so on. The new tree just cements that even further, I think, and might finally give the rest of the M6 some recognition.
I am all for continuity, have been pretty much from the start, I just much prefer the more toned down episodes to Equestria-shaping adventures, you know? Slice of life and so on. In fact, I'd love an episode or two just be "A day in the life of Princess Twilight Sparkle" or any of the other ponies, showing their everyday mundane tasks alongside with whatever crazy there might be going on. Filler? You betcha, but if done well it could be so, so delicious!
CMC? I personally don't much care for them, but it is about time they got theirs. What with the supposed theme of season 5 being Cutie Mark Magic
that would seem quite likely. As long as they don't go too heavy on the humour and grand adventure and all that and show the Bearers as just ponies as well I'll probably be happy enough.
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