Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober: From interested to influencer

More than 100,000 people follow Red Lion resident Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober’s Instagram account about enneagrams.

Presented by: Our York Media
Written by: Anthony Machcinski
Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober (Photo by Ken Bruggeman/Our York Media)

Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober logs onto Instagram every day and talks to 100,000 people she’s never met.

They ask her about what dry shampoo she uses and what her favorite mascara is. Mainly, they ask the 30-year-old about the enneagram– a tool that identifies personality types and helps people understand the motivations behind their behavior.

“There’s still days that I don’t feel like I’m an influencer,” Ashton says. “It all happened so quickly. It’s a weird concept for me that people across the world are listening to advice from a girl from Red Lion.”

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Ashton started her Instagram account – @enneagramashton – on New Year’s Day 2019 as an outlet for her research on the enneagram.

“I became obsessed with it, and nobody I talked to knew about it,” Ashton says. “I just wanted to post things I was learning about, and it took off from there.”

My entire life I’ve had this desire to help people, and now I’m blessed to do it every day.

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Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober

Ashton’s account had 10,000 followers by May and spiked to 100,000 in November as she infused more of herself into her posts.

“I have to credit my friends who told me to show my face more,” Ashton says. “I didn’t do it at first because I was worried people weren’t going to like me.”

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Building the account hasn’t been perfect. Rough days come when social media trolls dig at her insecurities.

“Trying to develop a thick skin is tough,” Ashton says. “People don’t think of these accounts as being real people behind them.”

In October, Ashton took a trip to a Penn State football game. As she looked around the crowd, Ashton thought of her followers. If Ashton brought them all to one place, they’d fill Beaver Stadium.

She works through the tough times by thinking of the people who reach out to say thanks for helping them be the best version of themselves.

“I think about the people who tell me how I helped them figure out their enneagram type,” Ashton says. “My entire life I’ve had this desire to help people, and now I’m blessed to do it every day.”

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