Like you I'm not a Linux expert, but I thought I'd give Bodhi a try. I downloaded it today, and I must say my first impressions are pretty favourable, and I think Bodhi will be well worth persevering with. Here's a few initial comments:
1 The image on the download site is a .img.tar.gz file, which (on my Windows machine) I had to unpack twice using 7-Zip, first to get to the .tar file and then to get to the .img file. It then successfully wrote to an sd card using Win32DiskImager. I copied the config.txt file that I use with Raspbian onto the fat32 partition.
2 It then loaded without problems onto my Pi. Unlike Raspbian, there's no initial configuration file to set your time zone etc. I'm in the UK, but the clock on the Bodhi desktop shows GMT rather than BST, and there seems to be no way on the desktop to change this.
2 The Bodhi people have done a good job on their documentation to help you get started, but I found it much better to start off by exploring the various menu options for myself. Having done some initial exploration on my own and tried out various settings (and there are plenty of things to try!) I found the documentation easier to understand.
3 My first impressions of the Bodhi desktop ("Enlightment") are very favourable, and it seems pretty fast. It seems faster than Raspbian, but that's only an impression, I haven't measured anything.
4 An early job was to update all the packages (sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade) that are included with this distro. The upgrade took almost an hour to complete, so although this latest Bodhi distro was only released about a week ago, the packages that come with it are well out of date. But that's a minor gripe - the guys behind this distribution have done a really good job.
5 Bodhi's package download facilities seem pretty good. To give them a try, I downloaded VLC, and everything went smoothly. Unfortunately VLC doesn't work any better in this distro than in Raspbian - if you want to play movies etc your best bet is one of the XBMC distros.
Hope this helps. I'm looking forward to getting to know this distro better over the next few days.