Pop down memory lane
The Poptropica Help Blog has been through multiple makeovers, published contributions from over 50 kid writers, and served millions of Poptropicans looking for game help, news, and events—creating space for a treasured community of fans through it all. Hear the story of how it all began, look back on some memories, and see where we are today…
It all started a long time ago, back in the summer of 2008. Inspired by other blogs on the internet made by kids, many about the popular kids’ game Club Penguin, an 11-year-old girl decided to try her hand at making a site, too.
With a free blogging setup from WordPress.com, she was about to create yet another one of these Club Penguin fan blogs. But while trying out different URLs, she came across an untaken one bearing the name of another game: poptropica.wordpress.com. She’d just gotten into Poptropica days before, thanks to her brother’s discovery on Funbrain. And so, with the untapped potential of the untaken URL, the PHB was created!
The PHB began as “Scary Tomato’s Weblog,” named after the blogger’s Poptropican at the time, Scary Tomato, who was a boy with yellow spiked hair. As this online persona evolved, Scary Tomato eventually became Slanted Fish, a character who more closely resembles the young girl who birthed the blog all those years ago—with pieces of Poptropica magic thrown in, of course.
Since that summer, Slanted Fish has been updating the blog with news, guides, and more, with plenty of help from passionate fans along the way—starting with Smockers, the first invited staff writer; Codien, who gave the Poptropica Help Blog its name; and many more since. As it grew, the PHB has been fortunate and grateful to receive tons of support from fans of the game who regularly read, write, and share the joy of Poptropica with each other in the blog comments and in other places of community.
We’ve had a lot of fun along the way, whether through throwing parties, hosting contests, sharing your amazing creations, making meme faces out of your Poptropicans, delivering news of island releases, and so much more. With every passing year, we’re amazed by what Poptropicans can do collectively. And we’re not finished yet.
We wouldn’t be here without all the encouragement and delight shared by our fellow Poptropicans, so thank you. For real. ❤️ Let’s keep this adventure going!
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The PHB through the years
Here’s a gallery to showcase some of the shenanigans surrounding the Poptropica Help Blog and its community throughout the years…