Interviewed In The Dallas Observer

By Karen Burgess Gavis

This is an interview I had with the Dallas Observer. I thought Karen did a great job on the article. She emailed me when the story first came our, and told me her editor wrote the title.

I was a little confused on the title. I even had to look up the word Luddite since I was not familiar with the term.

I do not see where the term applies, but as P.T. Barnum said, “Say what you want about me, just spell my name correct.” In todays terms that should be “Say what you want about me, just spell my domain correct.”
Since they spelt my name, and domain correctly I am happy with the article.

Gary Leland Interview Dallas Observer

When Gary Leland walked into a store in 1983 to buy his first computer, a salesman asked if he knew DOS. “I’ve never met her,” Leland said, to which the salesman replied that DOS was a computer language and then showed him a new point-and-click model.

“That sounds like what I need,” Leland said. Today, the former door-to-door salesman is a self-taught social media marketing guru who creates free information hubs for North Texas techies. Last year, he was inducted into the Academy of Podcaster’s Hall of Fame.

“I was probably one of the first 100 podcasters on the planet,” he says. Leland co-founded Podcast Dallas, along with Mitch Todd, and has found the medium to be a great way to promote his other businesses, like his softball equipment company, which he supports with popular podcasts and e-books about fast pitch softball.

Leland moved from South Carolina to Arlington nearly 40 years ago. He says he had a car with some gas in it at the time and maybe $10 in his pocket. He landed a job selling storm doors and windows before marrying his wife, Kathy, and opening up a wallpaper store.

While raising their two daughters, Leland volunteered to coach the girls’ softball team, DaBomb. When he had a tough time finding softball equipment, he decided to open his own store, softballjunk.com.

The brick-and-mortar store is located just behind the wallpaper store. Inside, girls and boys can be seen sizing up bats near rows of softballs and batter’s gloves, but Leland says most of the store’s sales are online.

“Half of my business is from softball, which I never expected,” he says, noting that his “aha moment” came when he saw someone wearing a SoftballJunk.com ball cap shortly after he opened for business. That’s when he got into podcasting.

When Leland found he was having to travel to Dallas to meet other people who shared his interests, he decided to start the Arlington Social Media Marketing Meetup group.

“I kind of got tired of going to Dallas every time for a meetup,” he says. “So, I started trying to get some tech stuff here.”

Leland, 62, brings in people like famed Facebook marketer Dennis Yu, Topo Chico brand master Giovanni Gallucci and Amazon super seller Chris Green to share their tricks of the trade. Several businesses are even offering the group free meeting space, pizza and drinks.

“I have 25 people coming from Dallas [for Yu’s session],” Leland says. “This is the complete opposite of normal.”

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams was so impressed by Leland that during a recent City Council meeting he proclaimed March 1, 2017, as Gary Leland Day.

“Thank you for making Arlington your home and for making a difference in so many ways,” Williams said.
Leland makes a difference by sharing his expertise with others at no cost. Because he has been successful, he says, he wants to help other startups do the same.

“I attended the first meetup and learned so much about using WordPress to promote my business on social media,” Travis Littig writes on the group’s meetup page. “Gary Leland has really created something special here.”

Leland’s newest podcast is one he and Kathy do together about the show Fixer Upper, which helps them sell their wallpaper. “Kathy and I watch [Fixer Upper],” he says. “And then we record out thoughts. Two or three thousand people listen to that a week.”

To learn more about Leland, visit GaryLeland.com or SocialMediaArlington.com. The next free meetup is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at 1527 S. Cooper St.

You can see the original article Here

Dill Domains

People may be interested in the subject of your podcast, but they listen because they are interested in your thoughts on the subject.

You make the difference.

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Interviewed on My Worst Interview Ever

By Tim Sinclair

My Worst Interview Ever

I was interviewed on My Worst Interview Ever by Tim Sinclair

I talk about an interview I had with the BBC back in 2006.

You can find more episodes of Worst Interview Ever at WorstInterviews.ringr.com

You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE

Fixer Upper Podcast

Because Of My Podcast

From The Gary Leland Show

Gary Leland Show On this episode of the Gary Leland Show I go over some of the things that have happened in my life because of my involvement with podcasting.

I also talk about my upcoming trip to San Diego where I will speak at Social Media Marketing World, and my appointment to the Arlington YMCA Board Of Director.

All this and much more on this episode of the podcast.

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A New Look At Old Friends

My thoughts as I look through an old photo album

My Photo Album

My Photo Album

The other day I decided to look at an old photo album from around the mid 70's. This album has been hanging out in the back of my closet for year, and years. I am not sure why I pulled it off the shelf, but I did enjoy look through it.

While looking at the photos I started realizing that I hardly knew who any of the people in the photos were. I did know the basics of them. I could place most of the faces, and tell you how I was associated with them. I could point our old girlfriends, and the girls I dated. I knew which ones were co-workers, and which ones were childhood friends.

The thing I could not do is name many of them.

Here is how the album photos broke down:

There were a total of 171 photos.

A total of 69 different people in the photos.

Of the 69 people 7 were old girlfriends, or girls I dated.

Now for people that I knew the names of:

I knew the names of 16 people, and in case you are interested I did not know the name of any of the 7 girls I dated.

That is less than 25% of the people in the album.

When I took these photos I must of felt the people in the photos were important to me.

Not only did I take, and develop the photos. I then decided these people were important enough to put in a photo album.

Of the 16 people I knew the names of 14 of them were people I knew for more than 15 years.

I do not know what any of these numbers mean, but I found it interesting how little most of these people meant to me.

When we are passing through life it is really hard to know who will be important in your life. Some of the people that you think will be important turn out to be very unimportant long term.

As I said these numbers probably mean nothing. They were just interesting to me.

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A New Podcast For The Home Town TV Show

is our second podcast in the HGTV genre

The Unofficial Hometown Podcast

The Unofficial Hometown Podcast

Yes, Kathy and I are producing another podcast following an HGTV show!

Approximately three months ago we started producing a podcast for the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper. The TV Show features Joanna and Chip Gaines.

After three months of producing the podcast I can say that the show is already a hit. At least ways it is a hit in the world of podcasting. As of March 2017 the Fixer Upper Podcast is averaging over 2,000 listens per episode. Producing a new podcast with 2000 listens per episode is enough to get me excited for sure.

If you take into consideration that the average podcast on iTunes gets in the area of 200 listens per episode you may understand why I am getting excited.

With our average listeners per episode being over 2,000, the Fixer Upper Podcast is ranked in the top 10% of all podcasts on iTunes.

With the amazing results we have had on the Fixer Upper Show it only makes sense to grow our podcasts in the decorating genre.

Now lets get into the Hometown TV Show. The stars of the TV show are Erin and Ben Napier. Erin is an artist, and Ben is a do it all construction type guy. Together they renovate older homes in their quaint little small town. They actually were born and raised in the small town Laurel, Mississippi.

After watching the previews, and following them on Twitter I knew this was the perfect TV show to produce our second podcast around.

The first episode of Hometown debuts on HGTV March 21st, but we already have everything in place.

You can find the website for the new podcast at HometownPod.com.

If you have an iPhone or iPod you can subscribe, and automatically receive every episode by going to Garyleland.com/HT

I truly think that Hometown will be a great TV Show on HGTV, and if I am correct the Podcast should be a hit too.

I guess we will find out in the very near future for sure.

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Interviewed In the Arlington Citizen Journal

By RAFAEL SEARS

Gary Leland in his studio

Gary Leland in his studio

I was recently interviewed by Rafael Sears of The Arlington Citizen Journal.

The Arlington Citizen Journal is local paper that is affiliated with the much larger Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

Rafael was at the City Council meeting when the Mayor of Arlington proclaimed Gary Leland Day and afterwards asked if he could interview me.

The article follows:

Arlington Podcast Hall of Famer honored by mayor with his own day in March

ARLINGTON – When Gary Leland learned that Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams would proclaim March 1, 2017, as Gary Leland Day, he thought it was a joke.

Leland, 62, a resident of Arlington for about 40 years, was honored at an Arlington City Council meeting recently.

“Podcasting has opened so many doors for me,” Leland said.

Leland recorded his first podcast, The Sports Podcast, in 2004. In 2006, Time magazine listed his website Podcast Pickle as one of the 50 coolest websites. Ten years later — last July — he was inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame in Anaheim, Calif.

Gary and The Fastpitch TV Show

Gary and The Fastpitch TV Show


Podcasts didn’t really take off until 2005, which is the year “podcast” was declared the word of year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, when Steve Jobs announced podcasts would be available on iTunes, according to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Leland said this is the main reason podcasts grew in popularity.

Although many of the podcasts Leland has created or is involved with are about softball, he recently started a Fixer Upper podcast in which he and his wife talk about the HGTV show, and The Gary Leland Show, where he talks about his experiences as an entrepreneur, he said.

What’s the one thing he dreams of the most? To throw at the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game — he even joked at the council meeting that Williams could help with that.

See the original article HERE

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I Just Found $10

By using my dads advice.

I found $10

I found $10 in the flower bed.

My father was not the smartest person in the world, nor was he the most motivated person ether.

While he did have his negative points. I do have to say he was correct about one thing.

He always said that people should not walk around with their noses up in the air. With this statement he meant people should not think they were special.

His reason for this comment was that all they money that fell out of peoples pockets was laying on the ground. So the people walking around with their noses in the air were missing out on all the money laying on the ground.

When I was a kid I was always amazed at how much money he always found. Now that I think about it I am not sure it was a lot of money, or just a little money a lot of the time.

Ether way you look at it he did seem to be correct with his saying.

I still remember his words every time I find money, and I also feel that I find a lot of money. Maybe I should say I find a little money a lot of the time.

Thanks for the great advice Dad.

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