April’s Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup at United Way – Campus Martius included a pair of presentations on two popular WordPress-related topics; security and social media. Eric Malcolm delivered a crash course titled, “WordPress Security Basics” where he dove into the finer details of the iThemes Security Plugin. Following Eric, Angela Samuels explained how to take charge of social media with WordPress in her talk titled, “WordPress, Social Media and How it All Fits Together”. Here are my notes from those two talks, WordPress Social Media & Security Basics. Continue reading
In his talk for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup at United Way – Campus Martius, Jim Luke walked us through several different methods for embedding and displaying slide presentations in WordPress. Here are my notes from his talk, WordPress Presents! How to Boost (or Even Replace) PowerPoint with WordPress. Continue reading
Monday, January 12, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
For our January meetup, we’re taking a look at the recent WordPress 4.1 release and the new Twenty Fifteen default theme. Join us as our Metro Detroit WordPress leaders give an overview of the features and updates you can expect to find in WordPress 4.1 at the first meetup of 2015. Continue reading
In her talk for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup at Grand Circus, Jacklyn Stachurski, a happiness engineer at Automattic, walked through the history and details of the VaultPress plugin and how it compares to similar solutions on the market. Here are my notes from her talk on VaultPress: A plugin for your backup needs: Continue reading
At February’s Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup event at Grand Circus, Deborah Edwards-Onoro walked us through website accessibility and TJ List broke down the new WordPress default theme titled Twenty Fourteen. Here are my notes for their talks, 2014: A New Year, A New Theme & How To Improve the Accessibility of Your Site. Continue reading
Detroit author and Metro Detroit WordPress member Sylvia Hubbard was our guest for the November meetup. Here are notes from her presentation.
Step 1: Have a website that’s easily found
Step 2: Provide all your contact information, website, physical address, email, phone number, social networks, evaluation forms
Step 3: Include a book page
Step 4: Include your biography
Step 5: Add a blog
Step 6: Use feeds
Step 7: Use easy to remember URLs
Tips from Sylvia
- The closer you get to the money, the closer you get to the sale.
- My social networks serve as breadcrumbs to my website.
- Intertwine other characters from other stories.
- Password protected stories: passwords are embedded in books they have to buy.
Rules for Writers
- Post regular updates
- Add pics/videos/audio
- Don’t always sell book
Love that WordPress allows Sylvia to post feeds. Google Calendar feeds right into the sidebar. Press This to post reviews on your own author site.
What WordPress Has Done Over the Past Year for Sylvia
- Increased my SEO
- Can easily add subscription services and forms I control (readers with most comments are rewarded with $25 gift card)
- Use Google Alerts to track mentions
- Increased stats, searches and stays
- Organized my literary world
- Understand what my readers want from me
Can’t find out marketing effort for three months, when the royalty check comes in.
Resources for Self-Publishing
- Use Amazon for publishing your works. Their resource center provides info you need to publish to Kindle, print or audio.
- Smashwords loads your book to all the ebook distributors. Smashwords takes a cut off the purchase price. They upload your book every two months to Apple Books.
- Dan Pointer – godfather of self-publishing. Great resource for all things related to writing your book, publishing, promoting, and running your book business.
- PayLoadz: Sylvia uses it for exclusive books. There’s no cost if you don’t sell over $100 in one month. Will charge client and send the book.
- E-Junkie: Another option for selling your books.
Every fall Sylvia organizes Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference, a literary conference for writers in the metro Detroit area. This year she was able to get support from 360 Digital, a Michigan based publisher/printer that produced the conference program book, Awesome Detroit and the National Writers Union, which helped to pay for the conference.
Link to the notes from Chris’ presentation on October 13, 2013 for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, at Grand Circus, presented via Google Hangouts.
And here’s the video of Chris Wiegman’s remote presentation.
I launched this as a support site for a local WordPress user meetup group in Ferndale, MI in 2009. Over 3.5 years and 34 meetups (and 3 successful WordCamps!) later, the group is going strong thanks to current organizers.
The group has outgrown its name, and the name has been changed to Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group. To match that, the URL of this site is now changed to metrodetroitwp.wordpress.com with the site title change.
I want to thank Deborah, TJ, Anthony, and Debra for running the community and growing it so much after my leaving of the area in 2011. You guys are awesome!
Now, you can expect some news updates and more change on this site. Meanwhile,
- sign up for the email updates of this blog (on the sidebar)
- follow @metrodetroitwp on Twitter
- join the Facebook group
And of course, make sure to join the meetup group’s next event!
Although I’ve moved quite far (Tokyo, Japan), I am looking forward to joining the local meetup or WordCamp someday in the future.