Great to hear, sattie. I'm entering my second year with composting. I don't have a "pile" per se. Instead I'm using a castoff wheeled commercial trash can.
When our refuse company changed containers they left us with the old one. I couldn't think of a way to throw a trash can away. How does the trash man know you are throwing the trash can away?
So, I decided to turn it into my compost bin. I drilled about a dozen 1-inch holes in the sides near the top so that air could escape. Couldn't drill them in the lid because rain would get in.
I've been composting for about 18 months now and am amazed at how little trash we throw out and how nice and black the compost is getting.
I throw in all the wet matter I can, such as veggie peels, etc., egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags. I also supplement with the grindings of our paper shredder as the dry matter. Let's see identity thieves get their hands on that stuff!!
I stir regularly with a hoe to make sure it's mixed nicely. I'm very pleased at the results.
We couldn't do as you do with the chicken wire, etc. because "critters" would feast on the ingredients.
I add daily. I have a large cottage cheese container I use to collect the day's accumulation and try to dump it every morning. Otherwise, the stuff would start to "spoil/rot" in the kitchen. Not a nice sight or smell. Once you get into the rhythm of it, it becomes second nature. You might want to add some earthworms to get some things "working" there, too. I add some when I see them after a rain.
Good luck and happy composting.