For those getting started with Blender or would like assistance in a particular section of Blender:
1) Check out this online course!: gryllus.net/Blender/3D.html
2) Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments section here!
3) Also check out the Blender Blog, featured by this group. Here I have posted several YouTube tutorials and answers to some FAQ by Blender Users!
Best of luck in your Blendevors and be sure to take a look at some of our other journal entries for more tips and tricks!
Also if anyone has some ideas for contest topics, I might get around to launching one soon. Whatever the topic, we will want a basic explanation of how the work was created (posing nodes in cycles will be fine, could link a video tutorial, or just type a bit about how you created the work!)