Come on, you can do it- all it takes is a little chutzpah (and a knowledge of WordPress, along with some HTML/CSS/PHP familiarity). Believe me, there are far worse things you can do with your time- and it’s easy to get started. There’s tons of resources out there to pick from, and we’ve gathered a few here for you to peruse.
I know, we’re headed into a busy time of year. People will be breaking out the eggnog and scotch before you know it. Let everyone else panic about the end date of the Mayan calendar. Finish out 2012 with an interesting project!
Plugins: The WordPress Codex
If you don’t know what a plugin is, here’s where you start.
Writing A Plugin: The WordPress Codex
The logical next step, where you learn how to write a plugin.
WordPress Essentials: How To Create A WordPress Plugin- Smashing Magazine
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Are Your Plugins Secure?- WP Realm
Are Your Plugins Secure? Part 2: Permissions And Nonces- WP Realm
Keep your plugins safe!
10 Useful WordPress Coding Techniques- Smashing Magazine