Bring Your Favorite Tip or Plugin – February Meeting of West Metro Detroit WP

We’re getting back together for our second meeting on Feb. 20, 2018. We meet the third Tuesday evening of the month in the western suburbs of Detroit.

We’ll be meeting at the Grand Traverse Pie Co. in Plymouth at 41640 Ann Arbor Rd. , Plymouth, MI 48170, on Tuesday evening, Feb. 20 from 6:30pm till they close at 8:00pm.

This month, we’ll each be sharing a favorite plugin or tip for using WordPress.  Come and learn great ideas for how to improve your WordPress site or solve a problem.

When you arrive, look for a bunch of tables that have been pushed together, with a sign on the table that says “West Metro Detroit WordPress.”

To register, please see our Eventbrite site.



Recap of Our January 2018 Kickoff Meetup

It was exciting to meet people tonight at our inaugural West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup.

Great start to launching our meetup group! Thanks to Jim, Deborah, George, and RJ for coming out to Grand Traverse Pie.

We enjoyed learning more about each other, how we use WordPress, chatted about this weekend’s Plymouth Ice Festival, and, of course, two of us took home pie!

Highlights from Our Meetup

Here’s a quick summary of what we discussed:

Day change: move meetup day to third Tuesday evening of the month, so we won’t have two WordPress meetups in the same week (Metro Detroit WordPress meets the second Monday evening of the month)

Venue: looking into local businesses who might offer conference space, checking with local colleges to see if space is available.

Also, we’ll notify the local Chamber of Commerce about our meetup to get the word out to businesses who use WordPress.

If we’re not able to find anything for the February meetup, we’ll continue to meet at Grand Traverse Pie in Plymouth, Michigan.

Communication: use this site to share upcoming meetups, news, recaps. Consider P2 theme for discussion, sharing tips, Q&A. Maybe another site using P2 theme that we could link to from this site?

Format: Open to various meeting formats, including

  • Showcase website
  • Presentations
  • Share your favorite plugin
  • Share tips
  • Theme documentation
  • Q&A

What will keep you coming to meetups?

  • Nearby location
  • Learn more about WordPress
  • Meet people in our communities who are using WordPress
  • Mixture of topics / meeting formats

What will keep you away from meetups?

  • Travel, work, school
  • Discussions only focused on a specific area, whether that’s design, development, SEO
  • Becomes too technical, over your head

We’re all looking forward to our February 2018 meetup!

Welcome to the Group

Hi!  I’m Jim Luke. I’m known around the Web mostly as @econproph and my main blog is at  Now supposedly I’m a co-founder of this West Metro Detroit WordPress group, but that title seems to over-state my role.  Yes, I’m helping to start this group and I really hope to see you at our get-togethers.  But I must admit, the real heavy-lifting and the true leadership has come from Deborah Edwards-Onoro at Lireo Designs.  Thank you, Deborah!

I’m a professor of economics at Lansing Community College but I live in Dearborn.  I started playing with WordPress back in 2008 simply as a way to save paper for handouts to my students.  I got hooked. It has totally changed my career. Yes, I still teach econ, but I’m now the founder of LCC’s Open Learning Lab where we help students and faculty learn to blog, build their own websites, become web- and digital-literate, and just generally become producers instead of passive consumers of the Web.  In the process, WordPress and what it has enabled me to do has given me a literally-world wide presence.

I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with more WordPress users, developers, designers, bloggers, and the just-plain curious each month.  Please join us if you’re at all in the area.  You can contact Deborah and me by email at westmetrodetroitwp (at) or me at econproph (at)

Oh, and by the way, there’s pie.  You can’t resist pie.

Launching West Metro Detroit WordPress!

We’re excited to launch West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup this month!

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer, writer, designer, developer, programmer, or anyone who uses WordPress, you’re invited to attend our meetups.

Our West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup is organized by Deborah Edwards-Onoro and Jim Luke. We’ve both been using WordPress for while, we’re active members at Metro Detroit WordPress, and we’ve both spoken at WordCamps.

Our first meetup is Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Plymouth, Michigan. RSVP on Eventbrite so we know you’re coming!