What I love about Tracey is her ability to make me laugh, offer me something different, and allow us all to get to know the real her. A blogger who offers up whole heartedly her fears, hopes and loves in life. Incidentally we started blogging around the same time, and she is one of the bloggers who has always ‘been there’ through my own bloggy journey…so give some massive blog love to Tracey, a rather lovely, anxious dragon…
P.S. check out her blog here.
I’m Tracey AKA The Anxious Dragon. I’m a tattooed lady and a stay at home wife (is that even a thing anymore?) with a love of history, reading, Doctor Who and obviously Dragons. I also do the blogging thing.
To trace the beginnings of my blogging history I really have to go back to Christmas 2010. I was a married working mum of two boys. Life wasn’t fantastic, it wasn’t a very happy marriage, but I coped.
That New Years Eve life went seriously pear shaped. To cut a long story short people found out what an arse my now ex husband was to me and this led to the end of the marriage.
2011 Was a horrendous year, but one of the things that kept me going was the friendship and support of my online friends, mainly those from Twitter. Some of these friends had blogs which I use to read, and I thought to myself I could use blogging as a way to work through my thoughts and feelings about things that were happening in life and in doing so excise a few ghosts, and so my first blog was born.
I initially wrote anonymously and called my blog Behind The Mask. I wrote a lot about my mental health and the struggles that I had with it. After a while my health got worse and I lost the desire to communicate with anyone, so I left the blog behind. When I eventually felt better and wanted to pick up the blog again I couldn’t remember the login details and so ended up starting another blog. In true Tracey fashion this one too got forgotten about after a few months.
Fast forward a few years and my life has improved considerably. I met a wonderful man who I married earlier this year and for the most part I am very happy and content. But the mental health issues have not gone away, and neither has my habit of using writing as a means of dealing with the messy thoughts in my head.
This time however I was determined to do things differently. For a start I wanted to be open about my writing. I have my husband to thank for that, he has given me the confidence to say ‘this is me, take it or leave it’. The second thing I wanted to do differently was to not give up on the blogging after a few months. So I set myself up a WordPress account and wrote the login details EVERYWHERE!!
The Anxious Dragon seamed the perfect choice of name for a blog. Anxiety is my thing, and dragons are cool!
When I started this current blog I wanted to acknowledge the posts I had written previously because I actually think they are very good, so for the last 5 months my posts have been a mixture of mainly fresh posts, but with the odd recycled post as well (thanks to the art of copy and past, I have managed to steal my own posts!!).
My writing style can be described best as random. I write about the things as they come to mind. This may include food (always an important part of my day) current affairs, tattoos, blogging or just some random thought or question that pops up in my head. I also occasionally write about myself and my life story. I am always wary of writing these posts, because they are inevitably mainly tales of disaster and woe, and I don’t want to come across as one of those ‘poor me’ types. But they are my stories and slowly they will be told. Dispersed between posts of a happier or sillier nature.
I have learnt so much about blogging in the last 5 months, and also a surprising amount about myself as well. People listen to me…. this is a new experience for me. I’m real life I am painfully shy, so very few people get to hear my voice or opinions. To have people say that the things I write about make them stop and think about issues is really quite awesome. People think I’m funny too. This has come as a real surprise to me. If I had to write a list of things to describe me, funny would not be on there, but I am reliably informed that my posts sometimes make people chortle out loud.
The latest chapter of my blogging story is my move just a few weeks ago to a self hosting blog. Its far too early yet to say what difference it will make to my blogging, but its a step that had to be made, and I’m very pleased with the way the new blog looks. The inevitable result of going self hosting is my rankings have hit rock bottom again, but this is something I can work on in the next few months, raising my rankings before I start of (blogging) World domination.
I must thank MMT for giving me the chance to introduce myself here, and you for reading.
Much love, Tracey
xx The Anxious Dragon xx