An excellent link for newbie writers from someone who's been there: JA Konrath. (Unashamedly filched from Vanessa Jaye).
On Joe's weblog you'll find all sorts of useful information, including outlining, writer's block, writing conferences and using weblogs - what makes a good one.
Weblogland is a growing market for advertising your wares. People are curious, so if you've got something you want to tout, get out there and post, but do it politely.