By Paul J. Pickett
If you know what the DIFF is all about, you don’t have to like sports to like Natalie Sitto. And even if you don’t like blogs, you’ve gotta give her props for what she’s been able to accomplish in a few short years out in the blogosphere: a meteoric rise from relatively unknown sports fan to Pistons blogstress extraordinaire. Recently, Natalie was kind enough to share with me some personal reflections concerning her site, www.Need4Sheed.com, named after her favorite Detroit player, Rasheed Wallace (though the blog is about all things Pistons).
Natalie on how it all got started:
“I originally started Need4Sheed to offer Pistons information, videos and computer graphics to Pistons fans like myself. I just wanted to offer something that I was out there searching for, but never found.
If you build it they will come right? Well they really did, beyond my wildest dreams for that matter. What started as simply a hobby has taken the site, and me along with it, on a wonderful ride.”
Natalie on why fans flock to her site in droves (check all of the advertisements on the margin if you don’t believe me):
“Sports blogs give you as a fan the information you want, and if done right, give you a different and unique perspective you can’t get from the average major media sources. Team blogs in particular build a community of fans that can share in the triumphs as well as the disappointments that go along with rooting for your favorite team.”
Natalie on how the site has unexpectedly transformed her from just a fan into a sports-blog brand name:
“I certainly didn’t know when I started the site that I would: Meet Rasheed Wallace, have communication with the NBA, get a spread in The Detroit Free Press, be mentioned in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, AOL, Slam Magazine, Dime Magazine and do plenty of local sports radio spots. The biggest surprise came when the Pistons organization asked me to guest blog for them. What could be better for a season ticket holder and self proclaimed Homer?” (not to be confused with another Homer)
Now you can add the DIFF to your list, Natalie. As I’ve written about before, I’m a Detroit Pistons fan. Always have been. Always will be. And even though there are some really good Pistons blogs out there (like www.DetroitBadBoys.com – it’s my second favorite Pistons blog and the most well-written I’ve found), if I can only visit one blog on any given day, Need4Sheed is where I’m going. Because not only do I love why she started it – no one else had done anything like it yet – I also love the videos, original wallpaper and screen savers, cartoon impressions of players and quick bullet-point game summaries.
So if you’re a true Pistons fan or just a fan of people who make things happen, check out Need4Sheed. The blog don’t lie.
(For those of you who don’t follow the Pistons, Rasheed Wallace is known for yelling, “The ball don’t lie!” (he even inspired a book) after an opposing player misses a free throw and Rasheed believes the Pistons didn’t really foul him. In other words, because the opposing player wasn’t fouled, the missed shot proves it and he got what he deserved: nothing. And in the case of Natalie’s blog, she’s been getting favorable calls and making her shots and….well, you can finish the thought.)