Based God.. a little advice about getting into cooking..
First Phase: Select a food style that you enjoy. That might be Southern, Mexican, Asian, French, Indian, etc. If I asked you what type of food you like to go out to eat the most, that is a good place to start because 1. you already have had some experience tasting this type of food so you know when something has gone wrong or right. 2. you will likely enjoy your success even more because you will be cooking the food you most like to eat. Seek out recipes for this type of food. Try to find recipes that are detailed in the ingredients, preparation, etc.
Cooking is a discipline and skill like any other. That means that an accomplished cook is one that has experience and knowledge. These things are only achieved by first research and secondly putting your research into practice. You are in luck to have resources like the internet and cheftalk.com, it will accelerate your learning enormously.
Second Phase: Technique. This is where you hopefully have acquired some practical knowledge through your efforts. Now is the moment that you can improve your mise en place and start to question things like your knife technique, choice of vessel, understanding of heat applications such as fry, sautee, braise, poach, etc. You should endeavor to fully understand these technique, and begin to apply them in your cooking. Over time new techniques will emerge in a sense, so that you understand that there are common techniques that are important no matter what the dish you are preparing is. You should constantly strive to respect and improve your abilities/technique.
Third Phase: I believe that once you have really developed technique and have begun to master your favorite style of food, you will start to seek out new styles of food. With that comes new techniques, new flavors, new ingredients, and new concerns. This is the third and final leg of your journey into cooking and it will never be complete. The world of food is vast, exciting, rewarding. It covers meta-topics such as environmental concern, cultural understanding, and at least for me it is a major influence in my relationship with friends and loved ones.
Good luck to you!