Floral Blouse (also love this) | H&M Skirt, old (this is so cute!) | AmiClubwear Sequin Booties c/o (only $14 and also comes in black and silver!) | Confetti Balloons 

In typical Paint The Town Chic fashion, this post is a few weeks later than I wanted...but I like to post things when they feel right (unless I have a deadline and deadlines are definitely important to meet!)  But that's that not of the lessons I wanted to share today.

This October, Paint The Town Chic celebrated its third blogiversary!  In these past few years I've learned a lot about blogging so I wanted to share some of my favorite things I've learned and put to use.

3.) Network, Network, Network
This is one of skills that I carried over from my last job and it's one of the most important things a blogger can do to grow.  I've networked online and joined some really amazing Facebook groups such as Palm BFFs and more locally, PHLbloggers.  This has resulted in more page views, more engagement, and more followers.

Networking in person creates more meaningful connections and has resulted in collaborations that may not have happened otherwise!  Through local networking, I'm part of a group that meets monthly for photo shoots.  I've become closer to these gals because of this and always look forward to seeing them.   I've also been attending more events and most recently I went to a brunch at Spin Philly (stay tuned for the review!) I met Philly bloggers who I had never come across before and it was amazing to spend an afternoon with them!  Such a great experience and I recommend doing this as much as you can.

I'm now looking forward to doing more networking in NYC...

2.) Try New Things
If it ain't broke, don't fix it... that is NOT one of the mottos I live by.  In fact, I recommend trying new things, especially when it comes to blogging.  If it scares me, then I know I'm doing something right!

Personally I've been trying out some new poses and finding new photo locations, which is one of the hardest things for me.  Some of the looks may not work, but at least I have a ton more photos to work with.  I've been working with some new photographers as well and have gotten some amazing shots out of it.

I've also been working hard on my Instagram feed.  If you scroll through, you can see I've experimented with my aesthetic.  I don't think I have it down quite yet, but I know I love bright, bold colors and am pleased with how it's turning out.

1.) Just Have fun
Just like many of you, I look to more seasoned bloggers to learn from and of course I've tried doing things like they do.  But at the end of the day, if I'm not having fun/don't feel comfortable, it shows in my work.

For example, I loooove the serious, contemplative shots that some bloggers post.  I tried it and I just look silly being serious.  It doesn't fit with my look and I prefer to have fun with my shoots.  And at the end of the day, I've found that the candids are some of my favorite shots anyway!

When you have fun with your posts and shoots, it makes a huge difference and carries through the rest of your work!

Shop The Post

Another thing I've learned is that balloons are such a fun prop to work with, aren't they!  These cuties are from Amazon and they were the perfect addition to celebrate this blogiversary!  I recommend adding them to your next party!

Thanks for being a part of the journey.  I can't wait to see what the next 3 years bring, but I know I'll be having fun no matter what!

I received the balloons at a discount, however all opinions shared above are my own!