my tips -
sure, ask advice like you are doing, read some threads/articles, and watch some videos, but don't do this not too long - you can't learn it all by book.
most importantly, above all, just go out and try it. take note of anything that works, and if nothing goes rights, go back to the forums and videos etc for advice and information, see if you can work out what you aren't doing or what you are doing wrong. fishing is hunting, and there are skills and knowledge that can't be easily obtained other than by trying and seeing what works for you. there are plenty of fish, so if you don't hook up, it's normally you.
still, be prepared to blank out some trips and more often early, but don't get discouraged, try to learn from it - what didn't work, where not to fish etc. use the forums, but a lot of the advice on a forum can be anecdotal and and sometimes misleading
if possible, get out with someone else who is experienced, and watch them closely, ask questions all day. having someone experienced show you some of the ropes can short circuit the process by years and make it more enjoyable. paying a guide for a day might seem expensive but can give you a leg up that would take many many trips to learn on your own.
remember that it's fun - don't get serious, go for the calm state of mind, and enjoy. and don't get caught in the gear trap - the less gear you have, the better you fish and less time you spend fiddling with the tackle.
have a great 2012