For a site that started because a kid (and then more) got inspired to write about a game designed for kids, the Poptropica Help Blog sure has endured for a long time (over a decade!). And yet, here we are. Still popping by — and if you’re wondering why, well, we’ve given it some thought.
👉 What makes the PHB different?
First, the PHB’s mission has always been “to enhance your Poptropica experience by sharing game tips, secrets, news, walkthroughs, tools, and more.” 💫 We do this by blogging and engaging with the Poptropica community in myriad ways. Having been around for so long, our archives serve as a treasure trove into the world of Poptropica, a reference for years and years of the game’s history and the commentary surrounding so many events. 📖
But we are not just a clone of what the Poptropica Creators report on their blog or other outlets. News and updates from the official sources are integral to our work here on the PHB, but they’re just the beginning. As a fan site independent of the Creators (though once recognized as a VIP Official Fansite), we do not serve as a mouthpiece for Poptropica. Instead, we are free to make commentary that reflects the players, which can mean honest player opinions on new releases (whether good, mixed, or bad), controversies (such as the ongoing contentiousness of membership), and more. It’s a wide world out in the fandom, and we’re here to capture the best of it! 📰☕️
We’ve seen from our PHB Reader Surveys and general fandom activity that the kids of Poptropica are generally not so little anymore (though any age is welcome here!). Though many of us started playing as young kids, we’ve grown into teens and young adults, and that’s true of the PHB team as well. So why are we still here, keeping up with a game that seems out of our age range? 🤔 For many of us, nostalgia is a strong factor that brings us back, coupled with the other fun stuff that the fandom brings: community, creativity, and more. ✨
💙 Why care about Poptropica, a piece of children’s media?
There’s another aspect to caring about children’s media even (perhaps especially) out of childhood: that children — tomorrow’s leaders — are shaped by what they see, and so quality children’s media matters. Poptropica prides itself on being a form of educational entertainment, so it’s worth asking the question today and every day: what are they teaching kids, who will grow up to be adults in our society? 🧒
We at the PHB have loved Poptropica’s unique form of digital storytelling since we were kids ourselves. Enthralled by its world, both then and now, we share our discoveries and analyses, and our critiques and affirmations, here with you. And you’re invited to share your perspectives, too — through the years, we’ve been blessed with countless Poptropicans’ passion in sharing guest posts, participating in our chat server, and more ways of connecting. 👨👩👧👦
If we’re asking what Poptropica is offering the world, it follows that we look at the flip side too: What are we hoping for? What exactly do we, here on the PHB, want to cultivate through and among the fandom? First and foremost, what matters to us is the premise that Poptropica was built on: a love of good stories with heart and depth, told through its many island adventures. 🏝
From our mutual appreciation of this foundation, a multitude of good things flow: like artistry (in fan art, writings, videos, and more) and literacy (in reading and responding to the fan culture), as well as encouraging inspiration for creativity and interaction among fellow fans. ✏️ In a sense, we are like an after-school club, but a virtual one. And, even long after the operations of this fandom, our collective involvement in it will have left its marks in our lives and in those around us, as we go out to take on the world in whatever we do next. 🌏
As a premier Poptropica fansite, then, it is our privilege to cultivate this space for and with Poptropica fans of all ages. Together, we are the voice of Poptropica players around the world, shaping the conversation about what this franchise offers, how it can be better, and also just having fun with a platform made for young people (and the young at heart). Thanks for joining us. 💙 Keep on popping on!
✏️ While you’re here, let us know in the comments: What keeps you interested in Poptropica and the fandom?