Ran across something that looks incredibly fun. It's called the 4th Writers Platform-Building Campaign. It's a contest, association, blog-fest, and overall fun time with what sounds like some great people and it even has prizes. If you're a newbie writer, a fledgling writer, or a gnarled old pro with scarred knuckles.. this sounds like it's perfect for everyone.
Check it out and then get signed up and join in the party with the rest of us enthusiastic, yet clueless, newb writers.