I (Silver Wolf) have been blogging on my own site, Poptropica Tips For Poptropicans (PTFP), since 2013, and have recently joined the PHB team as an author. It seems appropriate that I share my own My Place in Poptropica post to introduce myself to all of you. For details on sending in your own MPIP story, see the bottom of this post!
2008-2009 | Exploring Poptropica
I think 2008 was the year that I first discovered Poptropica, and for some reason, I remember the exact moment very clearly. It was after school, and my friend wanted to show me a game they had found from FunBrain. Of course, I followed them into their mom’s office and saw on their screen a game called — you guessed it — Poptropica! My friend had already completed some islands and told me that I should play too. Back then, there were barely any islands – in fact, there was only one page on the map!
For awhile, I was pretty invested in Poptropica, but I was also very young. Spy Island was a bit too hard for me in particular, and I had to get help from my brother and dad. I even printed out the official Decoder Kit! I wasn’t familiar enough with the Internet back then, either, so I didn’t know you could look up how to complete islands. I actually think that’s what my brother did instead of doing them himself. 😛 Sadly, I’ve since lost all my old Poptropica accounts. I was never a member back then, and quickly moved on to other games.
2012-2013 | Beginning to Blog
I rediscovered Poptropica a few years later, and only a few days after that day, I decided to create a blog: Poptropica Tips for Poptropicans (PTFP)! I’m not sure what was going through my mind when I did that, but I knew that I wanted to start one. The whole process of creating it was ridiculously quick.
I remember the first blog I found, which ultimately inspired me to create my own, was Icy Comet’s Blog. I’m not sure what made me decide to click that one out of the many that popped up on my Google search, but maybe if I had clicked another one, I wouldn’t be here today.
I started the PTFP in late December of 2012, so I don’t think it was until 2013 that I discovered the Poptropica Help Blog. Besides my own, the PHB has been the blog I’ve been most active with.
At some point in 2013, I joined the Poptropica Help Chat (PHC), which was on Xat back then. I soon became a moderator and was on there almost daily for over two years! Since I was in middle school, I had a lot of free time and posted very, very frequently on my blog and chatted on the PHC almost constantly. I made a lot of great friends, most of whom I’m still friends with on the PHC now, including Spotted Dragon, Rue, and Obiwan.
2014-2016 | Getting Busy, But Remaining Thankful
For the next three years, I was busy in many ways. School became harder, I gained more friends online and offline, and when I had free time, I created a lot of new pages and posts on the PTFP. I also posted a lot on another blog with my close friend Spotted Dragon, Adventure Time Pop, which is sadly no longer active. For a while, blogging was going really well, but slowly old authors started leaving and I started to post less. Trust me, I still cared about it a lot, and I still care now, but I did lose a lot of motivation. Around this time, I also started up the PTFP’s Twitter and my own DeviantArt.
One of the things I’d like to point out in this section is that I owe a lot of my blogging career to other people. My biggest thank-you is for Spotted Dragon, who has been with me since the very beginning, and we’ve basically done everything together. But there are so many others who have gotten me here! Some whom I can think of at the top of my head are: Perfect Dolphin, Samwow5, Starving Cereal (SC, or as I knew him, Sticky Clown), Cool Smarticle, Nameless Undefined, Tough Spider, and Brave Sky. Thanks to all of you, the PTFP’s current authors, and everyone else that has been with me!
2017 | The Future Awaits
What has happened in 2017? Hmm…let me think… Oh, I’m just kidding, I know the answer: getting invited to the PHB!
I have been content with just my own blog and a couple of others along the way, but still, being invited to the PHB has been one of my biggest dreams since 2013. At one point, I even subscribed to get emails for all the comments on the PHB… yeah, that only lasted a couple of months (unsurprisingly, there are a lot!).
It’s taken a lot of work to get here, but it was worth it, and I can’t wait to see what else happens in the future. I’m more motivated than ever, and I’d like to thank Slanted Fish for letting me join. 🙂
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading!
Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story!
If you haven’t already, we invite you to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!
~the Poptropica Help Blog