Before any of you wonder, no this isn't some '50 Shades of Grey-esque' type of smutty post - sure I have now lost 90 percent of readers who came to view but... I am referring to my 'Blogging Conference' / 'Cyberspace Writing' / 'BritMums Live' virginity.
Yes, I have been de-flowered. Two intense days of hard and fast workshops, networking, learning, laughing, talking, eating, drinking, goody-bag receiving and I am almost as exhausted as when I ran the Marathon!
It would be much easier if I could say that the £49.99 was not worth every penny, but alas I can not do that. First point to note, I think I possible ate and drank that much on it's own. I am not sure I have even been to a wedding that has been so well and generously catered for.
The venue was well chosen, beautiful character with a modern twist - much like most of the wonderful attendees. I was amazed at the tireless efforts of The Brewery staff to get rooms clean, tidy and re-assembled in the matter of minutes.
The atmosphere, created by the organisers, the keynote speakers, the sponsors in The Hub and the attending bloggers was highly charged, fun and emotional. Workshops I attended ranged from 'lecture style' to 'open floor discussions' and it was good to have the range.
For me personally, I found The Path to Getting Published and How to Create Your Own E-Book workshops extremely useful. I also thoroughly enjoyed the frank and open forum created by Ellen, Kate and Annie in 'Sod The Stats - Blogging for Happiness' Discussion Den.
In the space of 48 hours there were tears at 'from the heart' open discussions, laughter, sore feet, and hangovers a plenty. I got to meet lovely celebs Ruby Wax, Sarah Brown, Judy Murray and Katy Hill.
But the thing that I will take away with the most happiness, is the wonderful opportunity I got to meet the most amazing, inspiring, strong, funny, confident and unique women writers. They really all were as fabulous as their writing.
So, to Jen, Susanne and all the staff and volunteers that made this Brit Mums Live 2012 possible (and boy, I can not begin to imagine the hours, blood, sweat and tears it took to co-ordinate) I Thank You - it was a blast and I can't wait for 2013!
For other accounts of the Brit Mums Live conference visit the Brit Mums Blog