Did you know that you can set up animations without manually inserting keyframes? Eugene has published a good short videotutorial on this topic. It's good to see you back in Blenderland, Eugene!
In other packages this feature is fairly prominent, but for newcomers to Blender, it's not so apparent. This video weighs in at just over 2 minutes, but it didn't need to be longer. If you want to see a simple button that will remove the need for the â€œIâ€ key to insert a key frame, then this is the video for you!
You'll find the tutorial on Eugene's site.