Today we’d like to introduce you to Alley Bardon.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
As a self-made “pup-fluencer” for my two rescue pit bulls, Boris and Ivory (@boris_the_pibble), I tend to keep pretty busy. Managing their Instagram account, which is quickly approaching 96K followers, oftentimes takes a back seat to my full-time job as the Social Media Manager at Lindenwood University, as well as to the MBA program at Lindenwood, which I am just five classes short of finishing! People used to joke that I couldn’t make an income from social media. I have proved to do it in my previous role as a Digital Marketing Manager on the paid side of social, in my current role on the organic side, and in my spare time with my personal accounts. I believe social media is the future of marketing. It takes on so many forms. Having worked on both the agency side and on the client side of agencies, I have learned so much. I might have just gotten extremely lucky with two adorable pitties, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I worked my butt off to get where I am now and I don’t plan to stop any time soon!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
After graduating college with a degree in studio art, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career. I stumbled into a marketing job at an agency right out of college. I loved the work, but the agency pace was not for me. I knew I needed the experience to work my way up, so I did just that. When I finally felt confident enough in my skills, I applied at my top favorite places, and to my surprise, my alma mater (and top choice) offered me a job! I managed their website for 2 and a half years until one day, my dream position was created. I decided to once again, push for what I wanted, and it was the best decision I ever made, to seek that out! Not to mention, working at the university has inspired me to go back and get a master of business administration degree with and emphasis in marketing, so I can take the knowledge and put it into action even further!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As earlier mentioned, I have a degree in studio art. I still put that degree to work. I create large tapestry wall hangings and often exhibit them throughout the St. Louis area. However, I don’t do this for work anymore. This is something I enjoy to do in my spare time (which I haven’t had much of lately).
I’m most proud of my pups Boris and Ivory. They are such good sports, letting me put them to work for their Instagram account. Of course, they always know there are treats and toys in it for them! Find them on Instagram at @Boris_the_pibble. They are also on TikTok and Facebook. You will fall in love with Mr. model man Boris and his cute little “teef”. Boris will be 5 in September. We rescued him as a 7-month-old from Needy Paws Rescue. Miss Ivory is a foster fail who we adopted over the pandemic. She is a 4-year-old, two-time mama pit from Tempo of the Dog Rescue.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
What I love about St. Charles is its history. My husband, two pups, two cats, and I live in a home that was built in 1842, and it has so much character! We are just a short to walk Main Street. We love taking the pups on walks by the river and visiting our favorite spots in the Streets of St. Charles. It’s such a beautiful area and it is really starting to grow and take off. Oh, and not to mention, I love being just a short bike ride away from work/school at Lindenwood University.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandra__marian/?hl=en
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/boris_the_pibble/?hl=en