a few hours.
...How Long did You Lurk?...
Three months . After I saw a show about cults on Dr Phil and Steve Hussen's website was quoted . I started looking at different forbidden sites and Freeminds led me to here . Thank you DR Phil
I was around when Simon started it but only read posts.Then a couple times I posted but was too blond to remember passwords and such. People on AOL would read JWD and pass information around. I have made alot of friends on AOL during this time and we all helped in a chat room for the newly disfellowshipped. We just tried to be there for anyone having a hard time. A safe place to chat. The dubs would attack us and there was a group of highly emotional active dubs that would drop in to spew hatred and wish us dead.
This forum was the number ONE information center and we all appreciated that.
A couple of days.
About 15 minutes.
I had just woken up to what had been done to me when I found JWD.
It was a real breath of fresh air to find that I was not alone.
About 2 years, maybe a little more. I feel like I've grown more in those 2 years than at any other time of my life.
I was raised in it but never baptized, started studying again, then Googling, and the rest is history! I'm indebted to everyone here... believe me when I state that lurkers LOVE this place and they desperately NEED this place! Sometimes it's just reassuring to know you're not crazy (well, much) but what I appreciate the most is all the solid research that's been shared so freely and the open debates. The light DOES get brighter!
A couple days for me. I saw other witness discussion forums, but the comments were too vitriolic for my taste. I saw nice caring people and thought, "Here is where I plan my escape."
I had to sign on right away because I had been such an active participant in the AOL JW chat rooms and the "other" boards that I needed to have this fix! The AOL chat rooms have become a non entity, regulated and regulated past being of any interest any more. At least Simon gives us a place to vent! and I believe...to save people from this cult.
Lurked on the old H2O for about a year.
Lurked here for a couple of months.
But I still don't post all that much.
I saw the site a year ago, but wasn't ready so I immediately closed it when I saw ex-jehovah's witness advertising. I think I thought it was for active JW's to converse.
But about after attending this last convention, I was ready. They had a part talking about how Jehovah loves the elderly, and I just keep sitting thinking about all those people who had been patiently waiting for this world to end and nothing happened. I started imaging myself there. And with all my doubts about the blood issue and the "generation" issue, I was like no way.
I read one post and was registered 5min later and posted my story maybe a day or so later.