I would like to thank Eli of Elismlbrumors for letting me do this interview. Eli is a 17 year old MLB writer who has a blog that gets thousands of views a day. He is very successful with many Baseball interviews and has gained attention from many sports writers.
The email interview:
How old were you when you first got interested in baseball?
I was always interested in baseball and have played it for as long as I can remember. I would say my ‘serious’ interest came after the Cubs won the division in 2003. That was when I really started to really get interested.
When did you create MLB rumors?
One night I got back from hanging out with my friends. I was on the Cubs fan forum and saw someone created a Cubs blog. I thought it was a cool idea, having always been interested in web design, so I started one about baseball. I would have followed the offseason as closely even without the blog, but with it, I would read the news and then report back to it.
How long did it take you to start gaining so many views?
Not long. This was a big off season so when I got the word out, I had people coming in the thousands. I was really happy with that, and would have not kept it going if people weren’t coming.
Have you got any help?
No, I take pride in doing it by myself.
Does your blog make more money for you then a job?
Some months, yes. I am an umpire as well and a camp counselor, so I have a steady flow of money coming in. However, I do not feel that I am working with the blog. It is a passion, something I enjoy doing, and I am hope it will lead to a career in baseball.
How did you ever get the attention of so many baseball writers?
Hard work, knowledge, creativity, passion.
When did you think up MLB Today the newest addition to MLB rumors?
It is something I have wanted to do since Blogger came out with the video feature. Once I put my mind to it though, I was able to get it done. Right now, I am working on getting other bloggers up there interested in talking about their team or blog.
When did you first think up BB rumors?
I wanted to create a large network of bloggers in hopes of becoming the best in the business. But I really like doing this on my own and the other sites took a long time to get going. It is still a network, but not what I imagined it as.
Visit Eli’s site: http://mlb-rumors.blogspot.com/