Slow and easy my friend! The important thing to remember when you first begin - is there is a fine line between close - and too close. It take awhile to learn the DE, and brush techniques, different creams, etc etc. Back off the pressure (very light touch), start with just ONE NS pass for the first week. Then move to one NS pass, and one crossways pass WITH the grain. After a week or two, try shaving the thrid pass against the grain. You should NOT have any sort of irritation and the like - but even the most experienced guys will have a bad shave every now and again. 25 out of 30 days I get flawless shaves, the other 5 usually account for me screwing up big time, then paying the price for the next few days before I get back to super smooth.
Take 'er slow and easy, and do not expect immediate results. Try this method, and keep us continually posted, and give us daily updates. If you run into problems, I/WE can guide you step by step. If need be, I can take a smattering of pictures, and/or try to figure out some videos.
Good luck and keep us posted!
joel (at) badgerandblade.com