I recently read Adam Knight’s tale of how he was periodically exposed to TextMate yet it took a lot of pressure before he really got into it.
This is certainly not unusual. While the user base is growing at speeds I would never have imagined (but then, I am not known for my optimism), TextMate, for some people, still comes of as too different, complex, bland, or whatnot.
Fortunately for me, there is a user community making up for current shortcomings in presentation. Brett Terpstra recently posted Digging in to TextMate which gives the new user a walkthrough of what is what. It also links to other resources such as the upcoming book about TextMate and Soryu’s tutorials.
Vladimir Cvetic posted a comparison between vim and TextMate which might be helpful for vim users willing to make the switch.
Finally, for users who want a quick feel for what all the rave is about, I highly recommend you watch some of the screencasts. If you do HTML, there is a screencast for HTML, for a general feel for how versatile the editor is, there is a Working With Numbers and Blogging From TextMate screencast.
For people working with Objective-C, be sure to watch these two. Though they do not show the excellent front end to
xcodebuild, the recently added code completion, nor that the documentation lookup also works for selectors.
A screencast is also missing for Subversion support, but it is there! :)