PTFP Updates: Design and Features

Hiya, Poptropicans! I wanted to let you all know that besides the two recent posts, I’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make this blog better for everyone. There’s still a lot of work left to do, but I am slowly and surely improving it! What, may you ask, are the updates? Well, get ready for a long post…

Header

If you remember our old header, it looked like this:

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Although beautiful and given to us by Skinny Moon, it became outdated awhile ago when Poptropica mostly moved on from Poptropica Worlds. Worlds is hard to access now, so it was time to update it to:

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This is one of the simpler updates I’ve completed. Also, don’t worry — our title of an “Official Poptropica Fansite” still exists!

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Trolls World Tour Ad and #NationalPuppyDay

Hi, Poptropicans! Despite a lack of posts this month so far on the Creators’ Blog, there have been some small updates recently on Poptropica and Instagram! It’s likely that like the rest of us, Poptropica has had to make some major shifts to accommodate with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The first piece of news is that an advertisement game has appeared on the first page of Poptropica map. You can also visit it on right side of the main street on 24 Carrot Island. It’s for Trolls World Tour, a Dreamworks movie coming out April 10th!

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Once you enter, you can talk to several of Troll’s main characters and explore the area. If you talk to Poppy, the pink troll, you’ll go through several dialogue lines and the game screen will appear. Your mission: defeat the rock music trolls with your electric guitar!

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Mashup Mondays: Star Wars

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What better time to enjoy Poptropica than now? In all seriousness, in the middle of this pandemic, stay safe and stay home! If you’re trying to pass the time, try watching some Star Wars movies, play Poptropica, or if you’re adventurous…combine both! I just finished The Mandalorian, and I have to say baby Yoda is, in fact, extremely cute. Anyway, get ready for some awesome art, costumes, and other Pop Wars trivia. 😉


Art

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First up is this art piece by Cuddly Knuckle, as shown in Spotted Dragon’s Community Creations on the Poptropica Help Blog! The theme for the month was crossovers, so it fit perfectly for a Star Wars and Poptropica mashup. Go check her post out!

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Mashup Mondays: Toy Story

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*gasp* Is this is a post? Yes, yes it is. If you remember my last post, I said “So this brings up the question: what’s going to happen to the PTFP? I don’t know. I’m never going to delete it, but I’m not sure if I’ll post again. I could post a week from now if I felt like it, or this could be it. It depends.”

Well, it’s a Monday. Toy Story 4 is out (with a 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating). I love art. I still love Poptropica in its own way. So I decided: why not make a post if I’ll have fun? So we’re bringing out the ol’ Toy Story mashed with Poptropica! I could edit this to the extreme like I used to, but I think that’s part of what made me tired of posting. I want to be genuine, to be me. So there might be mistakes or awkward wording, but the point is to have fun! Let’s get to it!


Toy Story and Poptropica’s History

Oddly enough, there have been lots of Toy Story ads on Poptropica, but not much documentation. Apparently, in 2010 there was a Toy Story/Toy Story 2 DVD ad, but I can only find this Answers.com question and this YouTube video as evidence (thanks to the person who recorded this, who is 9 years older now, which is weird to think about):

The ad consisted of a crane machine game, and the prizes were a Toy Alien costume, a Buzz Lightyear costume, and an army men effect card. According to the Answers.com response, there was a “Jenny” costume as well, but that’s not a Toy Story character, so perhaps they meant Jessie. Who knows.

Now, also in 2010, there was also a Toy Story 3 ad, which did release that year in theaters. This time, there’s better documentation, but still only one post describing it that I can find on Icy Comet’s Blog (wow, that brings back memories!). The costumes, with credit to the post and blog of course, looked like this:

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The PTFP: 6 Years and the Future

Hiya, Silver Wolf here. It’s been a long time! 9 months, in fact. I wanted to address some things about the PTFP and its future. Yes, it’s true, it’s been inactive for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten about it, or that it’s any less important to me. The PTFP will always hold a special place in my heart, which is why I felt like I had to make this post. This is definitely going to be more personal, open, and unedited than most posts in the past.

Firstly, I wanted to explain why the PTFP has gone inactive. Honestly, the biggest factor is that I simply don’t have the time to keep it updated. This year is my senior year of high school, and to me, school comes before almost anything else. And let me tell you: senior year is hectic. I’ve been starting homework and college/scholarship stuff at 5 pm everyday (I get home at 4:00-4:30 most days), only to stay up until 12 am. Then, after doing this for 5 days a week, thinking “At least it’s the weekend!” to only spend my entire weekend doing more homework and college stuff. I haven’t even had time to play my favorite game in 2 weekswhich I would play everyday if I could. But, I’m not asking for pity; to me, school, despite the stress, is completely worth it. I just wanted to give the biggest context as to why I still love the PTFP but don’t post.

Again, I want to be honest. The second reason that I’ve stopped posting is that my interest in Poptropica has lessened. I’ve been more invested in Overwatch for awhile now, but I still love Poptropica dearly. Sometimes, I do really want to play Poptropica, and sometimes I do have an urge to post (like I do now), but those thoughts aren’t near as common as they used to be, and I almost always don’t have the time.

So this brings up the question: what’s going to happen to the PTFP? I don’t know. I’m never going to delete it, but I’m not sure if I’ll post again. I could post a week from now if I felt like it, or this could be it. It depends. Plus, I’m thinking of starting a personal blog soon just for talking about my interests, school, and life in general. The posts on it probably won’t be consistent, either, but that’s the beauty of a personal blog: it doesn’t have to be. Either way, I will still be active on Discord. I mainly use the app on my phone now, so I will almost never have the green dot showing that I’m online, but I go on it on a daily basis. You can always direct message me or @ me, and I’ll respond.

Why am I posting now after all these months? Well, it’s the PTFP’s 6th birthday! Woot woot! I decided, as per usual, I will still talk about some of the statistics of the blog and give a little speech (although this whole post has basically been a speech). I don’t want this post to be sad. It’s just…a transition in my life and the PTFP.

So, I’ll do some overviews. In 2012, we had 469 views. Admittedly, this blog was created in December, so there wasn’t much time there. In 2013, we got 69,066 views. To this day, 2013 was the biggest year for the PTFP. 2014 got 60,609; 2015 got 54,187; 2016 got 64,359; and 2017 got 57,821. This year? 40,343 views. That’s amazing. It’s less than it’s been in the past, but it’s still heartwarming to see that people still view and enjoy the PTFP. A lot of work has gone into it, and I’ll never forget that.

Our top 10 countries this year: the United States with 33.3k views, Australia with 1.6k views, Canada with 1.6k views, the UK with 472 views, New Zealand with 321 views, India with 277 views, Brazil with 259 views, the Philippines with 257 views, Hong Kong SAR China with 178 views, and China with 164 views. Interestingly enough, we also have 21 countries with just 1 view each this year.

And, of course, we’re almost at 350,000 views, which is a huge milestone. I never thought the PTFP would ever get this big. I just created it 6 years ago because I thought it was cool. I had no idea how important the PTFP would become to me. Specifically, I want to thank all my friends who have stuck with me through everything. Spotted Dragon, Brave Sky, Rue, Obi, Jason, Nick, and Jord, you guys are are so amazing. And everyone who has worked on the blog with me, you guys are, too. I’m not sure where I would be today if I hadn’t met all of you.

Well, I suppose that’s it. Some final recaps…the future of the PTFP is unknown, although it will definitely not be deleted. I still love it and all that it has become. I will still be active in the community (specifically Discord). And a big thank you to everyone.

-SW signing off