What do you do? I write a daily column for NBCSports.com and Rotoworld.com about baseball or football. I also contribute to a weekly NBCSports.com video show called "Fantasy Fix" and tape regular solo videos called "Gleeman Reports." I write for and edit Rotoworld's annual fantasy magazines for baseball and football. For my blog, I write four to five columns a week about the Twins or whatever else piques my interest.
Education: I dropped out of the University of Minnesota journalism school about a year short of graduating.
Salary: I can't say how much I get paid at NBC, but it's more than I ever thought I'd be making, plus I make about $15,000 per year off the blog alone, mostly through advertisements.
Just how popular is your blog? AaronGleeman.com currently gets about 100,000 visitors per month. In its five-year life, the site has received 3.2 million visitors, although for a long time I was lucky to get one reader who wasn't a relative.
How did it all start? I was home during the summer after my first year of college and had already been turned down a couple of times by the Minnesota Daily. I knew I wanted to be a writer and felt like I had to find a place to write for an audience. I was reading a blog called Baseball Musings that was started by a former ESPN researcher. He recommended that his readers start blogs of their own. So I went to Blogger.com and had my first entry up in five minutes. Without a doubt, my blog is directly responsible for every job I've had past age 18.
How did you get hired at NBC? Greg Rosenthal from Rotoworld was a regular reader of my blog, and they needed some last-minute help writing the annual baseball magazine a few years ago. After doing stuff like that, I started writing for Rotoworld on a part-time basis ... joined on as a full-time employee, and shortly after that, Rotoworld was purchased by NBC.
Why do you think people read your blog? I like to think I offer intelligent, interesting analysis about the Minnesota Twins ... but then there are days when I write a couple of thousand words debating whether Elisha Cuthbert or Jessica Alba is more attractive, and people seem to enjoy that, too.
What was your first real job? From about age 10 to 15, I sold baseball cards with my dad, first at local and national shows, then online, once eBay came around.
What's it like working from home? The entire commute involves waking up and turning on my laptop. Getting out of bed often isn't even necessary. Most of the time that's a major positive, but occasionally it would be nice to actually have co-workers within a thousand miles. If nothing else, it would give me incentive to shave.