Gary, when it come to Facebook, and Fastpich Softball you are the Home Run King.”
The only item on the website is a pitch chart for baseball, and softball coaches. This really is helpful to coaches in tracking strikes, and balls thrown from their pitchers. It is clean and simple.
Like I said it is completely free. people can print as many as they need. This site only took around fifteen minutes to build, and it just sits on my existing server, so it really does not cost me anything to run this site.
My thoughts were to give the pitch chart away, and benefit from having my logos on it.
If the the pitch chart does become popular, people will see my logos over, and over. Sooner or later people who use it might think about coming to my website and taking a look around. Then once they take a look around my website who knows what could happen?
In other words this is very cheap advertising. It pretty much doesn’t cost me a penny. How can I get cheaper advertising than that? I doubt that it gets me a ton of business, but every little bit of business adds up.
So do you want to take a look, or do you need a pitch chart? Simply go to the site, and print out as many as you need.
Like I said, the best thing about it is that it is free.
To see the Pitch Chart Website CLICK HERE
What kind of information does it take to make a show that both viewers, and sponsors would love? That was the question I was asking myself. It seems to me that viewers and sponsors really have two different views on what makes a great show.
Sponsors want to advertise their products. They plan on placing an advertisement, or running a commercial. Basically sponsors want people to know about what ever it is they sell. Sponsors just want to make more sales.
On the other hand viewers do not want advertisements, or commercials at all. Think about it for just a second. How many commercials have you skipped by with your DVR?
I think I found a way to keep both viewers, and sponsors happy. The Win Some Softball Stuff Show is a once a month video production offering viewers the opportunity to win a great softball prize. The show itself is a product review, or basically a three to four minute commercial.The viewer is happy to watch the show since they will have the opportunity to win a great prize at the end.
The sponsors are happy because people have to watch the review about one of their products in order to find out how to win the contest. So every viewer is watching a three to four minute commercial about their product.
Each and every episode has a new opportunity to win a different prize. If you love softball this show is sure to become a favorite.
If you are a manufacturer of softball equipment you will probably want to find out about having your product in a contest.
Oh, the answer is yes. I charge advertisers to have their products on the show. Yes I make money from this show.
Conducting a podcasting session at DFW Rocks Social Media
Back in 1996 when the Internet was still young, I thought I would start a website. I wasn’t a techie kind of person by any means, but I did find the Internet amazing. Even though I was not anywhere close to being a techie, I knew immediately that the Internet was the future. I also knew that I needed to start moving my businesses into that world asap.
I called the local high school, and asked for the computer teacher. I asked her if any of her students could build a website. She told me all of them could. Then I asked if any of her students were looking for part time work? It turned out that the answer was yes too. By the end of the week I had a part time high school kid helping me build my first website.
I hired someone to help in house because I wanted to learn from them. I thought that long term I could learn the basics of building a site, and use that knowledge to maintain the site myself. Another reason was that I could get a high school kid for under seven Dollars an hour. Not knowing anything about anything, I thought this was a cheap way to build and learn.
The next step was to get images of wallpaper patterns to put on the new website. I proceeded to call my wallpaper sales reps. I asked them if they had any images available for me to use on my new website? I still remember all my vendors telling me how stupid of an idea it was to try and sell stuff on the Internet. I was told over and over that people would not buy stuff on the Internet.
They all said that people needed to touch the wallpaper in order to buy it. I remember saying that I would buy stuff on the internet, and that I thought of myself as being kind of average. In other words if I would do it, so would others. All I can say that I am glad I did not listen to them.
It is kind of amazing how many times I have been told that something would not work. All I can say is don”t listen. You do not want to fail because you did not try. I wonder how many people did not try something at some point in their life because they were told it would not succeed, only to see someone else do it later, and succeed?
I guess I don’t need to say that I went on to build the website, and it was one of the first decorating websites on the internet. LelandsWallpaper.com is a great source for wallpaper, plus many other decorating items. Everything from murals, to borders, blinds to accessories.
Most of the items I have on the website are stocked in my Arlington, Texas store, and ship out within 24 hours.
If you want to see the Lelands Wallaper Website CLICK HERE
As you know my business is Fastpitch Softball. I create fastpitch softball videos, publish a fastpitch softball magazine, and even have a fastpitch softball store. I have Fastpitch softball iphone apps, fastpitch softball E-books, and fastpitch softball podcasts.
I pretty much have a full media network dedicated to the sport of fastpitch softball. Because of this media network I have a large audience of fastpitch softball fans that enjoy, and subscribe to many of my media properties.
This audience of fastpitch softball fans is in search of more, and more information about their favorite sport. Many of these fans would love to write, and share their thoughts about the sport. Their only real road block is that they do not have a way to distribute anything they write.
That is where the Fastpitch Blog comes in handy. The Fastpitch Blog allows people that want to write about fastpitch softball to get their articles seen by thousands of fastpitch softball fans. I share my audience with these new bloggers in a win – win relationship. They get an immediate audience, and I get more great information for my readers at FastpitchTV.
If you love fastpitch softball, and are interested in joining the volunteers that love what I am building at Fastpitch TV, please contact me. I am sure you will find a home at The Fastpitch Blog.
To see the Fastpitch Blog CLICK HERE
Interviewed on The Feed.
My good friend Rob Walch recently interviewed me about the Podcast Movement which is coming up in August.
The interview was for “The Feed” which is a show he produces with Elsie Escobar.
You can find this episode HERE and my interview is at the 1:00:36 mark.
You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE
Gary, I am always amazed at how well you do, and how much you get done. You’re an inspiration.”
As you may know I use to coach my daughter’s fastpitch softball team. I use to love coaching those young ladies for many years. As a former youth fastpitch softball coach, I know first hand how much a part of fastpitch softball cheering has become.
Cheering is not just a part of youth fastpitch softball. They cheer like crazy in all levels of fastpitch softball. Yes, even in college you will see the player in the dugout cheering to help motivate their teammates.
If you have a fastpitch softball team that loves cheering in the dug out, then this is the show for you. You can watch teams as they show you their favorite softball cheers. I have even included the text version of the cheers for you in the posts.
Of course at the end of ever episode I have a short commercial for my website SoftballJunk.com
My second magazine is here.
I discovered the world of podcasting back in 2004, and have truly loved it. I am not one hundred percent sure, but I believe I was probably one of the first hundred podcasters on the planet. Recently while at a Social Media event in Las Vegas someone addressed me as a podcasting pioneer. While it was meant as a compliment, it made me laugh deep down inside. I don’t think I qualify as a pioneer at anything.
Podcasting has been very good to me. Due to podcasting my business is stronger, my friends have increased, and my life in general is better. I know those statements may sound crazy, but they are 100% true. Podcasting has defiantly changed my life for the better.
As you may know I publish a magazine for the sport of Fastpitch Softball. I have been publishing The Fastpitch Softball Magazine for eighteen months now. The feedback has been fantastic.
Since there is not a magazine for podcasting at this time, I decided to start a podcast magazine. I have down all the basics of publishing an online magazine so why not give it a try.
The name of my podcast magazine is Podertainment. In case you are wondering, you take the words pod, and entertainment. Then you put them together to form the word Podertainment.
The first thing I did was contact some friends from the podcasting world. The question was simple, would you help me create a new magazine for podcasting, by being a writer? Yes, yes, and yes was the reply I heard over, and over.
Now, I have one of the strongest line ups of podcast educators in the world that will be writing for Podertainment. The list of writers consists of the following people:
Dan Franks from The Entrepreneur Showdown Podcast
Todd Cochrane From Geek News Central
Rob Greenlee The New Media Show
Brian Ibbott from Coverville
Dave Jackson The School of Podcasting
Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast
Jennifer Navarrete from Tech In Twenty
Kien Tran from Geek Beat TV
Rob Walch from Podcast 411
While this is the starting list, I know it will grow over time. I will also be looking for guest writers for every issue. Cynthia Sanchez from Oh So Pinteresting was a guest writer in the first issue.
Podertainment will have 12 issues a year, and new issues will come out around the middle of every month. The March fifteenth issue is already out.
A subscription to Podertainment only cost $12.99 a year. That is less than one cup of coffee per month. This magazine contains a ton of great information for such a small amount of money.
Podertainment is available in the iTunes Store at the moment, available for iPads, iPhones, and iPods. I will add it to The Android store in the very near future, and sometime down the road I will create a version for Amazon Kindle devices.
To see the Podertainment Magazine in the iTunes Store CLICK HERE
This was the first iPhone App I ever created.
I made this app years ago for the first version of the iPhone. That was before there was an iTunes Store. You may not know that when apps were first being created for the original iPhone they are all web apps. That basically means they were websites sized to fit on the screen of an iPhone.
While the iPitch is a simple app, it still works very well. It works well as long as your Phone has access to the Internet. There are now quite a few pitch counters in the iTunes store, but the iPitch was the first pitch counter app made for the iPhone.
In this short video you can see iPitch App in action. The back story on this video is kind of interesting. This was the first video I created for The Fastpitch TV Show several years ago. I know it is not extremely professional, but it does get the point accross on what the app does. I can say the quality of the Fastpitch TV Show has improved greatly since the time this video was created.
Gary Leland’s Fastpitch TV Website is the Ultimate softball link…. It’s where you go to get answers to all your questions. It’s Twitter, Google and YouTube with cleats…..”
The Strike Zone Mat is a training aid for softball, and baseball pitchers alike. It was made to be used by pitchers while warming up before a game, or throwing to a catcher during practice.
The different colored areas on the mat represent different pitching areas.
1. The red area is a “No Throw Zone”. Pitchers do not want to pitch in this area, or it will probably result in a big hit.
2. The yellow area is a “Caution Zone” Pitchers can pitch in this area, but do it with care. The yellow area is still an area a batter would like to hit. This could easily result in a hit. These pitches are better then the red area, but not near as good as the pitches in the green area.
3. The green area is the “Pitch Zone” or the pitching area of choice. This zone extends two inches on the home plate and two inches off the home plate. This is a perfect target, and if a pitcher can pitch to this area they can control the game.
4. The white is an “Extra Zone”. If a pitcher is pitching in the green areas, the entire game they van try to push it a little further, this will make the ball even harder to be hit. Sometimes the umpire will give you a few in this area, but be careful they are not going to give away many in this area.
The Strike Zone Mat is the most portable home plate on the market. When your finished using the mat just roll it up, and stick it in your bat bag. No other practice home plate does that!
To see the Strike Zone Mat Website CLICK HERE
At the time I built this site I had already built one website which was LelandsWallpaper.com, and I was adding products to the site as fast as I could.
Since I am a big sports fan, I was buying and adding sports related products to the website. I think I had about every sport covered, and stocked decorating items of all types. I had everything from lamps, to wallpaper, rugs, to bedspreads.
Then a friend of mine gave me an idea. He said you should make a sports only decorating website. It did not take much more to get me started, all I ever need is an idea. So immediately I started working on SportsDecorating.com.
I basically just took all the sports items I already had on LelandsWallpaper.com and made a second website with just these products.
I created a website for sports fans. You can decorate your man cave, or home with draperies, bedspreads, accessories, and other decorating products from your favorite teams.
Baseball, or football, college, or pro we have decorating items for them all. Pick you sport, and pick your team.
This is a great site for a college kids to decorate their dorm with their schools logos.
Take a look, and you will see what I mean.
To see the Sports Decorating Website CLICK HERE
Like everyone else in the world I go shopping.
I go to stores, and places where I spend money all the time. I may go to a Seven Eleven, or a store in the mall. I may go to the post office, or to a restaurant. Yes, like you, I go to lots of places where I spend money.
I have noticed something that seems very common among people that work in these locations. Something that really bothers me. I am not sure why it bothers me so much, but it does.
It bothers me that I rarely hear the words “thank you”. Yes it really bothers me to not be told thank you when I spend money somewhere. I don’t mean to be one of these old guys who say “when I was a kid” but I have to say it. When I was a kid I was taught to say “thank you”, and in return I would receive a “your welcome”.
In my stores I have to teach new employees to say it. It is a term my new employees are not use to saying. It actually takes some new employees a while to get in the habit of telling people thank you to people for shopping in my store.
The term I do hear 90% of the time by the person working the cash register is “have a nice day”, or something to that effect. Then I find myself saying “thank you”. Wait a minute why am I the one saying “thank you”?
I have found that if I want to hear “thank you”, I need to say “Have a nice day”. Then the clerk behind the counter will immediately say “Thank You”. That drives me crazy.
It probably drives me crazy because I own my own business. If you are running a business, and are not enforcing a “Thank You Policy” you are just missing out. You are missing out on some of the cheapest marketing that you can find anywhere. A marketing method that does not cost one red cent. It is a method of letting people know that you appreciate their business, and hope they return in the future.
If you stop and listen to your employees as they close an order you may be surprised. Yes, surprised by how many times they say “Have A Nice Day” instead of “Thank You”.
I know it is a little thing, but it is the little things that make a great day. If a little thing like a thank you can help someone have a great day, well that is just plain old GREAT!
I was recently interviewed on The New Media Show by Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee.
I had a great time with these guys. We talked about Podertainment, my new podcasting magazine. We talked about Podcast Movement, the new podcasting conference I am starting up with a few of my friends in Dallas.
To see more of the New Media Show go to http://NewMediasShow.com
You can find more interview that I have given over the years HERE
Fastpitch TV is the perfect way for coaches and players to share information. There are so many ways to improve as a coach and player – now we have a platform for sharing. Gary Leland knows that sharing is what it’s all about!”
A month, or so ago my daughter Amanda called.
She called from her home in Hawaii, and told my wife that she had mailed us a package. That it was a surprise gift, and we were not to open it without having her on the phone. She needed to give us some special instructions while opening it.
Just as she said a box showed up at our front door on Saturday morning. Kathy immediately picked up the box, and made the call to Amanda. I have to admit I was kind of confused. I mean why did we have to call her before we opened the box. If she had to give us some special instructions why didn’t she just tell us when she made the original phone call?
When she answered the Face Time call (I love Face Time), Brandon, her husband was sitting with her on the couch. I probably should of guessed what was up at this time. I am normally pretty good at figuring stuff like this out, but this time I was clueless. Maybe since I have never had a grand child I just didn’t catch on.
As we opened the box, Kathy, my wife started screaming. I still didn’t get it. I guess I am not really very quick after all.
Inside the box was a small pink stove made out of construction paper. On the stove it said, Brandon & Amanda have a bun in the oven. On the handle to the oven door it said Due 7-30-2014.
I finally got it, and I was surprised, excited, and emotional all at the same time. To say my wife was excited is putting it mildly. I think she has so many friends with grandchildren that she was ready for some of her own. Yes, we were both very excited.
I have a feeling that having grandchildren is one of those major stages in a persons life. A stage that changes things forever. Very much like the stage of life that develops when you have children. The way having children changes everything about your life forever. I am sure having grandchildren will do the same to both Kathy, and I. If it brings on a stage of life as great as having children was, then I am defiantly ready for it.
After the phone call Kathy asked me, what do I want the grandchildren to call you? I say grandchildren because with two daughters I have a good feeling there will be a few of them. But, back to the subject of what do I want the grandchildren to call me? I had never thought about that at all. I guess Kathy had thought about it for a while. She had a few names that she had come up with, and was trying to narrow it down to one.
I thought it over for about thirty seconds. Then I remembered that I called my grandfather “Grand Daddy”, should I use that? I know this sounds weird, but this is one of the only times in life you get to choose the name you will be called by. Do I need to spend a lot time, of thought on this? How important is it to have the correct name for your grandchildren to call you?
Well, I went with the tried, and true name from my childhood. Grand Daddy It is. It worked for my Gand Daddy, and I think it should work for me just fine. At least Grand Daddy is a name you can’t go wrong with.
A few days ago, Amanda emailed me the Sonogram of my grandchild. I thought I would end up by sharing it with you. I can’t wait for the first of August to get here. Then I can hold my first grandchild.
Many years ago Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman was going to sign autographs at a car dealership close to my house. My kids decided we would go meet Troy, and get his autograph.
I thought that one of those little football helmets (mini helmets) would be great to get signed. I had seen mini helmets on the sets of some sports programs. I had even seen the helmets in sporting goods stores before.
I decide just to go buy one on the Internet. Sitting down at my computer I typed in MiniHelmet.com, and MiniHelmets.com. There was not a website at ether web address. Then I jumped on GoDaddy, and checked the availability of both domains. They were both available, so I bought them both on the spot.
I bought them even though I did not have any mini helmets to sell. To be more to the point I didn’t even know where to get them. So, immediately after buying the two domain names I jumped on a search engine, and searched the term Mini Helmets. After about five minutes of looking I found a wholesale distributor that would sell me mini helmets. Not only would they sell them to me, they would even ship the helmets from their warehouse straight to my customers.Now that I had a supplier, the next step was to create a website for MiniHelmets.com. I built a website, and added images from the distributors website to my new website. The next thing you know I am in the mini helmet business.
My website MiniHelmets.com is still up, and running to this day. The website even comes up on the first page of Google search results for mini helmets. Yes, it is on the first results page on Google even though I have never spent a second on SEO, or a penny on advertising.
I guess the take away is, that you need to be open to opportunity. When the domain name MiniHelmets.com failed to pull up a website, I could of just kept searching. I could of stayed on my original path to find one Mini Helmet. Instead of finding one mini helmet I now mini helmets all over the country.
Tunnel vision is the enemy of the entrepreneur.
To see the Mini Helmet Website CLICK HERE.
I will be at the Podcast Movement. This is a new conference for podcasters, being organized by myself with three of my friends.