Well yesterday I did do a couple strokes and finished up with the DE...but today I did straight only, using a Dovo from vintageblades.
I need to get to know how to switch hands, as well as getting a good grip on the razor. Sometimes it's hard to keep the entire thing flat when I'm going for the side of my face. Also, getting the right angle is...important. I felt it dragging, probably because I was going too slowly and had the wrong angle. Once I placed it flat and attempted 30 degree angle, it felt like it was gliding, and that worked better. But it was tough to get that just right, only did it a few times.
Since I was being cautious and slow, the shave was not very close, and probably doesn't look that great. But I feel satisfied in that I went through two passes and finished the shave. I got a few nicks, one on the side of my face, and one on the chin area. But man, this is fun!
Also, how do most people get rid of the lather that accumulates on the razor? I used my finger, after watching one tutorial video, but I figure that running it under water, or dipping it in a bowl, i.e. the usual stuff with the DE could work as well.