I have read very good stories in different blogs about being new in SL, but still haven't read one by a newbie. So I thought I would write some while I'm still fresh. It may not be that useful as a guide, but it maybe shows a new perspective of things.
I entered the world a few days ago, but I have done quite a few things. I absolutely love it. I'm afraid I already have become addicted!
So far the experiences have been great, with a few exeptions. I have been pushed a few times and one guy tried to sell me a weapon even though I wasn't interested. The worst thing I have done so far was when I, by mistake, entered some private area. I was going through lists of where to find moneytrees, and teleported criss-cross over the world. I don't now how it happened but suddenly I got alot of messages about being at restricted area. I left the place as fast as I could and thought nothing more of it. Several ours later I got IM:ed, and it wasn't any pleasant reading! I was accused for being somebodys alt, trying to access the area. They wouldn't believe me when I told them what happened. I also apologised. However, after several messages I didn't here more from them.
Since then I have stopped hunting for trees. I have dicovered camping! And instead of just sitting there I use the time reading note cards, managing my inventory and things like that.