Thankfully, I stumbled upon a series called "31 Days to a Better Photo". I'm sure there are many other helpful sites out there for beginner photographers, but this one had me at "Day 2: Find Your Camera Manual". Find the instruction manual?! Yes, this was going to be a perfect fit!
Over the next few months, I slowly worked my way through the series, repeating some lessons when necessary and skipping others that weren't relevant. (I don't use Photoshop.) Although the learning curve was steep, thing slowly started to make sense. From there, I went on to other photography resources (more about those later) but I'm thankful for the courage this series gave me to begin to explore what my camera could do. I just needed to find a place to settle and begin, and this series was perfect.
Sadly, the blog is no longer active - it hasn't been updated since 2012 - but the blog posts still remain. If your starting point is "find your camera manual", then I recommend you take a look. Here's the link to Day 1: 31 Days to a Better Photo (Day 1: Welcome)
(To get to the next day in the series, go to the end of the blog post. You will see the option to head to the next post or to the previous post. You can also use the side menu to see the whole series. Remember, the latest blog is always at the top.)
If you are a beginning photographer but this series isn't for you, no worries. There are endless resources on the internet. The most important thing is that you find a place to start and then - here's the tricky part - you start! Wishing you all the best!
P.S. If you have a resource to recommend for beginning photographers, please mention it in the comments. I'd love to know!