Bleacher Nation is one of the most popular unofficial Chicago Cubs news, rumors, and analysis sites on the Internet, home to some 30,000 visitors a day. On any given day, those visitors view 70,000 pages, leave hundreds of comments, and give the site a genuine community feel. To date, the site’s busiest month came in July 2013, when it was home to more than 1.1 million visitors, viewing more than 3.55 million pages.
Bleacher Nation has been mentioned on ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, CBSSports.com, Deadspin.com, and 670 The Score, among many others. ESPN’s Wayne Drehs called it a “must follow,” featuring “news, info, rumors and intelligent analysis.”
Bleacher Nation is also a widely-followed member of the Cubs’ social media sphere, with over 28,000 followers on Twitter and 6800 fans on Facebook, and features a podcast with a listenership of 2000. The Bleacher Nation community also came together to raise more than $12,000 for Make-A-Wish in July, 2013.
[To be crystal clear: Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball or the Chicago Cubs. Neither MLB nor the Chicago Cubs have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover the Chicago Cubs.]
Bleacher Nation is written and edited by Brett Taylor, who started the site in December 2008. In March 2012, Bleacher Nation added a Minor League Editor, Luke Blaize.
A little more about Brett from a July 2011 post, when he made the transition from lawyer to full-time blogger:
I was one of those college kids who was adequately-good-at/moderately-interested-in a variety of things, and so, when it came time to graduate, I took the path of least resistance: more school. Law school, to be precise. I enjoyed writing, as well as the construction and meaning of language, so joining a profession whose frequent purpose is to debate the meaning of the word “the” made some sense to me. And, whatever your idealistic notions when entering law school, if you do well enough to join a large law firm at the end of your three years, you do. So I did.
While there were many things I enjoyed about the practice of law, in time I learned it wasn’t for me. The hours were miserable, the stress was constant, and planning for the future was nearly impossible. Worse, I didn’t like the effect it was having on me as a person. I sometimes joked that I was paid to be a professional asshole, and, too often, the joke proved more accurate than I cared to admit.
So, when my family circumstances changed earlier this year (including the addition of the world’s newest and most ardent Cubs fan (she has no choice in the matter)), it was time to move on. It was time to be more present at home – not just in time spent, but in actual, engaged presence. It was time to get my life back in order.
And along with becoming a full-time dad, I decided to give writing a more concerted go. Bleacher Nation has always been a hobby of mine – something I did in my spare time for fun. But now I’d like to make it something more. I’d like to make it a job.
Sounds like an awesome guy. (Modest, too.) Selected works include:
Contact Brett here.
Feel free to make fun of him for this: