#coolmumclub: Meet The Members…The Anxious Dragon

 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

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30 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet The Members…The Anxious Dragon

  1. wendy Reply

    Lovely to get to know a bit more about you Tracey. I love theanxiousdragon blog, I like that there is always something a bit different to read. Really enjoying this meet the members series xx #coolmumclub

  2. Something Crunchy Mummy Reply

    I loved reading this and getting to know Tracey a little bit more. Tracey you have been on a rocky journey but you are stronger and I can tell through your writing. #coolmumclub xx

  3. Robyn - The Years Are Short blog Reply

    Good luck with your blogging world domination Tracey! I’m glad you’ve found the voice you’re too shy to use in real life and a sense of humor to go along with it through blogging. I sometimes think our blogging personas can be a bit of an alter-ego for those of us who aren’t chatter boxes in person (me included!). I have all these words, I just get stage fright when I can see my audience, even if it’s just an audience of 2 or 3! Nice to learn a little bit more about you and what brought you to blogging 🙂 Thanks MMT for another cool #coolmumclub Meet The Members.

  4. mackenzieglanville Reply

    I adore Tracey’s blog, I love people being real and honest and she does that so well. I find she makes me think and challenge my own thoughts and to me that is the sign of a great writer! #coolmumclub

  5. BecomeMum Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing your story so honestly. I admire you as a blogger and am truly in awe of your journey and strength to keep on keeping on. Mental illness is a tough contender and I don’t know yet how to move past it to write about anything else. Thanks for sharing #coolmumclub

  6. Nat Reply

    Great to read more about the lady behind the words. I’m glad you are sticking to blogging this time, you are too good at it not to!

  7. PND Recovery Reply

    This was lovely to read. I can really relate to your story. I’ve had so many lost blog ventures I can’t count them but I’m hoping this one will last the test of time (and my anxiety/depression).
    I’m also a shy introvert so it’s a really great way to allow your thoughts out and a very interesting experience when you get comments and feedback from other people (not something I’m used to in my everyday life).
    Good luck on your journey xx

  8. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Fab to read about Tracey’s story – and touching to know about the source of her honesty. Loving this series and looking forward to the next my awesome #coolmumclub co-hostess! xx

    Talya – http://www.motherhoodtherealdeal.com

  9. Mimiroseandme Reply

    This was lovely to read and it’s nice to get to know you a little better Tracey!

    Good luck with your journey into blogging and I shall look forward to your future blog posts!!


  10. beautybabyandme Reply

    Already a huge fan of Tracey’s writing and it’s great to get to know a bit more about you – looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂 #coolmumclub

  11. rhymingwithwine Reply

    I love this series MMT and I find it fascinating to learn more about the person behind the (fabulous) words. I have been a huge Anxious Dragon fan / groupie for some months now and she really does have a way of making me stop and re-evaluate my thoughts and opinions. She has also made me snort tea through my nose on more than one occasion. (With laughter that is. She didn’t actually make me do it obvs. That would be bit odd… 😉 )

    Thank you for hosting x

    1. MMT Reply

      Couldn’t agree more x

  12. Catie: Imperfect Mum Reply

    I love that Tracey isn’t aiming high. Just world domination. Fab post Hun, I love learning more and more x

  13. Told By Mum Reply

    I keep saying this but it deserves to be keep being said. I love this series!!!! Tracey – lovely to hear a bit about you and I love forward to popping over to the anxious dragon. Enjoy your route to world blogging domination! Sarah 🙂

    1. MMT Reply

      Thank you – it’s lovely to sit back and watch the magic happen for the guest blogger each week. You fancy doing a post?…

  14. nightwisprav3n Reply

    You’re awesome Tracey and I fully believe you will have no problem getting your stats back up. You’re a great blogger and I am proud to know you! #coolmumclub

  15. Mum in Brum Reply

    I love to read your posts Tracey – I never quite know what I’m going to get and I like that. You certainly have made me chuckle on lots of occasions and I love the deeper posts too which often get me considering a different perspective to life’s bigger issues. Great to get to know you and your life story a little better x #coolmumclub

  16. min1980 Reply

    Lovely to read about interesting bloggers and their stories. Tracey your blog is quite unique (in a good way). Keep the posts coming!

  17. Who Let The Mum Out? Reply

    It’s great to hear about the members’ lives. I like reading Tracey’s blog. Love linking up to her linky #ABitofEverything Thanks for hosting the linky #coolmumclub

  18. The Speed Bump Reply

    I love this feature. Lovely to get to know a bit more about the lovely Tracey xx #coolmumclub

  19. yneely Reply

    It is nice to get to know you a bit more Tracey, I have become a big fan of your blog. xx

  20. thebrightnessofthesedays Reply

    So nice to learn more about Tracey as I love her blog and her link #ABitOfEverything (hello Tracey!). Surprised to hear that she’s shy as she is such a great, confident writer. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Totally agree! x

  21. Mrs Lighty Reply

    I love your honesty, I too suffer from anxiety. I’m glad you’re in a happier place now and that blogging has been a part of that. Thanks for sharing your story! #coolmumclub

  22. The Anxious Dragon Reply

    Hello everyone, that you so much for all your wonderful comments, and thank you again MMT for givinf me the chance to properly introduce myself xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Pleasure Tracey – your blog has gone from strength to strength, it’s been pretty amazing to watch from the start!

  23. Lucinda Leo Reply

    What an inspiring post, Tracey. I love how blogging gives us a platform to connect with kindred spirits everywhere, no matter where we live or how shy we are. No one else can tell our story, but plenty can be touched by it. Thank you for sharing yours with us.

  24. Claire at Tin Box Traveller Reply

    Tracey’s posts have so much humour in them and I particularly like the ones when she’s answering a question that she says has popped into her head. I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve been over to her blog this month so I’m off to have a nosy at her new self-hosted site! #coolmumclub

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