I noticed recently that Carol, over at May Dreams Gardens, has a word for a concept I didn't know needed a word (she actually has a lot of those: Carol's a big word-coiner): blogalong plant. A blogalong plant, or just blogalong, is: "A plant you learned about through garden blogging and planted in your own garden. If the plant was given to you by another blogger, it is a blogalong passalong." [emphasis mine]
So since I saw her post, I've been thinking about my own plants, and whether any of them would qualify as blogalongs. Mostly, the plants I've got, I have because I had to look at them every day for weeks at a time, while caring for them at work, and eventually I just couldn't take it anymore so I bought them. In a few cases, I got them by trade through Garden Web, and WCW and I exchanged a few plants, I impulse-buy occasionally, and there are a couple plants I became interested in through Garden Web or another plant forum.
I can't think of very many cases, though, where I went out and got something I would not otherwise have been interested in specifically because somebody blogged about it. What few plants I can think of that qualify as blogalongs are all either cactus or Euphorbias, which is probably coincidence, but somehow it seems meaningful.
I bought Myrtillocactus geometrizans because Cactus Blog said something about them once (and also bought Stenocereus pruinosus because I thought it was Myrtillocactus, before realizing it wasn't, which maybe counts as another half-plant for Cactus Blog).
I'm pretty sure Mammillaria spinosissma is with me because of Dee at A Desert Observer, who has posted about hers from time to time.
Aiyana, at Water When Dry, is responsible for me getting the Euphorbia bougheyi variegata, and also gave me a blogalong passalong in the form of Euphorbia anoplia variegata.
The more common situation for me seems to be that I see a plant and think about buying it, but don't, and then when I post about it, one (or several) of y'all talk me into going back for it. This has happened, notably, with Hoya pubicalyx, Leuchtenbergia principis, Monstera deliciosa 'Cheesecake,' and Phlebodium aureum 'Mandianum,' and I bet I could think of more if I tried. It's possible that the whole point of me writing the walkaway posts is, on some subconscious level, so that y'all will "force" me to go back and buy stuff anyway, which if that's the case then we've reached some new and disturbing heights in the plant-obsession. But I digress.
So now I'm wondering: is PATSP responsible for any of the plants in your home right now, either by telling you about a plant you wouldn't otherwise have heard of, or by praising a plant you hadn't liked very much initially? And if so, which ones? Do I need to be more careful about using my powers for good? Less careful?