I'm still flapping around with Drupal. (I'm currently experimenting on my Spice Ridge site, because there are things you just can't test on localhost.) The Drupal book I bought was necessary but not sufficient for me to get started. It let me know what to work with first--Drupal modules. Intuitively, I thought the first thing would be to create content, then work out how to display it. As it turns out, you need to get a grip on the Drupal modules before you bother with content or appearance (themes). While Drupal.org has loads of documentation, some of it is helpful, some of it is inscrutable. Here is some module advice I've found helpful, comforting, and/or inspiring.
- Ten Drupal 6 modules for every site, including descriptions of what the modules are good for. (Often, you can't tell why you'd want to use them from the official documentation.)
- A newbie's guide to contributed Drupal modules: another helpful list of modules to try, with good explanations.
- Images & Galleries in Drupal 6. I like pictures, but Drupal's forte is text. This post is quite helpful for those deciding how to manage images.
- Drupal: changing "files" directory configuration setting. If you change your mind about image handling, you'll want the advice offered here--how to move your image files.
- Live, on Drupal from Buringbird. Shelley Powers tells how she set up her own Drupal site, step by step. Very well-written.
- A Rapid Drupal Site Recipe--Matthew Saunders tells how he set up a non-profit site using Drupal "out of the box." in two weeks in his spare time. Another helpful read.