Back in the early days of Snapdragon I tried a lot of Networking groups out - partly, it must be said, because I had small children and thought it would be a good way to get out of the house.
It turned out that I hated them - they all seemed to be full of puffed up men looking over my shoulder for someone more interesting/influential and droning on about their flash cars and watches.
I stopped going to the networking groups.
Now, I'm a lot more experienced and, having seem many of the very same men with their "we're going global" businesses going bust, I realise that they were bluffing and lying and covering up (a great lesson).
I now realise it was them, it wasn't me. Nevertheless it put me off networking groups.
Then, a few weeks ago, I heard about 4 Networking - a network of breakfast meetings set up by Brad Burton. It was rumoured to be informal, relaxed and devoid of glassy eyed people looking over shoulders.
So, a fortnight ago, I went along to the Stirling meeting - enjoyed it so much that I joined on the spot and tomorrow head out to Milngavie for an 8am breakfast with the North Glasgow group.
I'm now very aware that this blog post reads like a puff blurb on the back of a book . . . . but it isn't.
The photos - for there has to be photos - are of cream badges I have been working on today - and once they are up on the website tonight that will be all the meadowy bit finished!!!!!!