I was introduced to Buddhism by some of my coworkers, Khmer Buddhists who have immigrated to the United States. I had a few chats among them and realized that I appreciated how non-involved they were with all the drama at work while simultaneously being some of the friendliest people I had ever met. I even had several more-flirty-than-average encounters with one of them, but by my estimation she began to respect me too much after my conversion to keep up the flirtiness (which is fine, since I'm already married).
I spent a lot of time reading online, eventually stumbling across Access to Insight. I quickly came to the conclusion that the Buddha's teachings speak volumes to me and, quite frankly, answer all of the questions I've ever felt religion failed to answer. The unequivocal peacemongering of the Buddha's dispensation, the dismissal of the all-knowing God that made us "in his image," and the simplicity of the Eightfold Path really "click" for me I guess. It is all worth practicing, unlike the many paths the world preaches (consumerism, money worship, and lust).
I suppose I was some sort of Christian prior to my so-called conversion, although I hadn't felt particularly serious about it in years. I never really felt like I had any confirmation that God was out there and I never really felt like there was any path, anything to practice. I didn't think that "belief" was enough, and I think that made me a bad Christian. If there was no reason to behave in any particular way because I was already "saved," then why not behave in a way that made me feel "good?"
My biggest concern when I realized I was converting (I wouldn't say it happened all at once or suddenly), was that I thought I might alienate my wife and family. For a while, I think this did indeed happen, but when my wife realized I hadn't become some sort of devil-worshiper, I suppose things started to smooth over. I seriously expected her to leave me at first, though, and I was somewhat prepared for the posibility that the "right" spiritual path might really indeed by that
Well I hope that kinda helps satisfy your curiosity a little.
If there is anything here you'd like me to elaborate on a little, just say so, of course.
Be well, friend.