I started reading posts on this board a few months after I DAd myself in 2003. At the time I wrote my letter informing the elders that I no longer believed any of the lies spread by the WT, finding solace in discovering that 'there probably is no god'. I genuinely believed that my wife would do the same. She didn't - in fact, my leaving JWs probably made her a bit more determined to continue. This was quite a shock!
Reading similar experiences here has helped me understand just how deep-rooted and nasty the WT cult is. It has enabled me to keep abreast of doctrinal changes, flip-flops and ever deepening circular reasoning techniques employed to dupe the followers of the 'religion'. To have any chance of success, I need to find out what was new in the WT religion in an attempt to try and understand more about why my JW wife still remains loyal to the cult.
Several posters encouraged me to read Hassan's books as they had assisted them and others do likewise. I bought the books and digested them. To date, I'm still working hard in the hope that, one day, my wife will wake up to the fact that the religion is just a pack of lies.
I've started a few new topics and had interesting replies. I've posted on other's topics where I felt I had something worthwhile to add to the discussion.
JWN is an excellent source for ex-JWs, doubting JWs and anyone that has friends or family involved in the cult.