11 responses to Guest Post: How I Became The “Amish Website Guy”
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    Patty
    Comment on Amish internet sales... (September 15th, 2017 at 11:32)

    Amish internet sales...

    I have been posting horses for an Amish dealer for four years now. He can now say he has sold horses to people in New Mexico to Canada, down to Florida and everywhere in between!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish business online (September 15th, 2017 at 13:44)

    Amish business online

    A very interesting and timely post! I’ve ordered Amish merchandise “online” and wondered who was behind the internet part of it. Now I have a better idea.

    I chuckled at the “plasma stands”! Yes, I imagine there could certainly be a BIG “disconnect” with a lot of “English/Amish nomenclature.” I’d be interested in other examples.

    I know it takes a LONG time for the Amish to adopt a lot of modern technology…but with the internet here to stay, in my opinion, (and agrarian life & “real estate” on the decline as the Amish continue to “increase”), I’m sure it’s only a matter of time (a couple of decades, maybe?) until mainstream Amish accept an online presence in order to make a living.

    I hope Mr. Kralik keeps in touch with Amish America, as I find his work with the Amish intriguing!

    Alice Mary

    • I enjoyed it as well, and the plasma stand hiccup is not something I thought of either. I think the net will continue to be important with people like Ryan playing a key role, though I wouldn’t be surprised if more Amish become directly involved with managing their own web presence.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Thank you!! (September 16th, 2017 at 07:14)

    Thank you!!

    Thank you for this informative story. I had often thought about doing something similar in Arthur, IL, but I am not expert enough in web design although I have created several web sites over the years. Plus the ride down there is a ways from here and I do not make it there very often.

    One of the stigmas I see happening, at least from local people is judging the Amish as “not real Amish” if they do business online. People have a pre-conceived notion of what the Amish are or what they believe that is more often than not, very far from the truth. For example, I once had a store that sold Amish made products. In particular, an Amish made preserve that had mangos in it brought a lot of comments such as, “that can’t be Amish made, the Amish can’t grow mangos”. my reply was along the lines of, “but they can certainly buy them to make their preserves.” People could not picture the Amish buying anything they did not grow or make themselves. Just one example. I have also heard many comments about Amish web sites that were along the same vein, it just can’t be real Amish. Sorry but sometimes people can be so ignorant.

    I am happy to hear someone is doing a fine job of crossing the bridge between the Amish and the “English”. Congratulations!!

    • Great point Alice. People come with certain preconceptions of what is “Amish” and what isn’t. You mentioned mangoes but I think this would even apply to foods like pizza or Mexican style dishes which a lot of Amish make for themselves. I think that would surprise a lot of people who expect Amish to eat mainly or only classic PA Dutch style foods.

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        Amish girl- Rebecca
        Comment on Guest Post: How I Became The “Amish Website Guy” (September 18th, 2017 at 14:23)

        Yeah, at work when I talk of cooking Cajun jambalaya or gumbo or Chipotles, fried rice, curry, etc. I might get some funny looks. What most folks consider an authentic Amish meal is actually a special occasion meal (like for a wedding). We eat like most people around us. My Mom does a lot of grilling. We don’t eat a lot of rich desserts either except for special treats. We are very normal, average people for the most part.

        • Gumbo, fried rice, curry. I’ll take all 3 🙂 As far as normal people goes, I agree and I think it’s also true that some people are more into their health/weight than others are among the Amish. That would also fit in the category of “normal”.

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    Carol
    Comment on Amish Website Guy (September 18th, 2017 at 18:01)

    Amish Website Guy

    Hey Erik, I did not know some Amish businesses had an online presence. Glad this man is being helpful with building the websites, letting “English” know of the trades the Plain people have available.
    Mrs Aber’s comment was right on! I do hope he’ll keep in touch with you, giving updates on his work.
    Many blessings to you, Erik! Carol

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      Comment on Amish business online (September 19th, 2017 at 08:55)

      Amish business online

      Thanks Carol! Yes, some do sell/advertise online, with different degrees of involvement.

      For instance, this market has a site listing all its Amish vendors, but it’s got a non-Amish manager: https://www.marketsatshrewsbury.com/

      Other individual businesses might have their own sites, which is what I believe Ryan does a lot of. One example is John Smucker, a Lancaster County builder we interviewed here awhile back:

      http://amishamerica.com/forest-ridge-builders-lancaster-county-pa/
      https://www.forestridgebuilder.com/

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    Sam Weber
    Comment on Is this the same Ryan Kralik? (October 20th, 2017 at 13:24)

    Is this the same Ryan Kralik?

    Is this the same Ryan Kralik who was arrested on June 5, 2013 by U.S. Homeland Security and charged with illegal importation and distribution of synthetic drugs commonly known as “bath salts’ from China?

    http://www.record-courier.com/news/20130627/portage-county-drug-task-force-federal-agents-arrest-two-in-newton-falls-raid

    Here’s an article with a mugshot. Is this him?

    http://www.wfmj.com/story/22692245/police-homeland-security-on-scene-in-newton-falls-executing-search-warrant

    I’m not saying it is him because I just don’t know. Can anyone who has seen him or who knows him comment on whether this is the same Ryan Kralik from this general area of Ohio?

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