Now that Blender 2.57 has been released -- a stable/production-worthy version completely re-written from the ground up -- more people are considering it for their projects.
I have been tinkering with it for years, and am now using it for Crawler, so I had planned to write an article about how I learned this amazing (and free) piece of software, but it looks like Blender Cookie beat me to it. They just posted the Blender Community Starters Guide, a comprehensive guide to the who, what, where, when, and why of learning Blender. Of course I recommend Blender Cookie itself as a good starting place for training. They have free streaming video tutorials covering most topics you need to get started, and plenty more for advanced users. They also have exclusive content for a modest fee. If after visiting their site, as well as the others on the list, you still don't know what Blender's all about, maybe you should consider another line of work (or hobby). ;)
- Blender 2.57 Released (talesfromthecellar.com)
- Get a Daily dose of Blender Knowledge (dreamsgate.wordpress.com)
- Blender 2.5: Blend File Preview (mostly3d.wordpress.com)
- New version of Blender released, learning curve no longer a brick wall (thenextweb.com)