If you're planning on mapping, I wonder what's been stopping you from pursuing it so far ;o.Mapping is good, and fun. But maybe, people often aim making it rank or qualify. While some just want to map for the justice in not finding a good mapset, some focus on getting "fruits on their labor" or something like that XD
Timing can be quite a hurdle for new mappers, but I recently discovered statementreply's timing analyzer: https://osu.ppy.sh/u/126198. It's surprisingly accurate when the song is a single bpm but won't work as well on variable bpm songs. (Generally speaking though, mapping variable-bpm songs as your first map isn't the best idea)
I'm hoping to see more new faces in the qualified section xD. I can't really name any "2016 mappers" that weren't also 2015/2014 mappers aswell.