Yeah, you can't just leave it and call it good. It has to be moved around every once in a while. They make compost tumblers that are really convient, but they arent necessary. Also mulchers are good for breaking down the dry stuff you add. You need to stir or turn it periodically and check the moisture levels. It should be at least a quarter to half wet material to dry. Without moisture there is no nitrogen. I still suggest looking into finding a book on it. Once you get the jist of it, it's pretty simple! Good luck!