I'm ashamed to ask this, but I figure I should just go ahead and do it...
I've read the "slipping the clutch" is bad. From what I gather, this means needlessly depressing the clutch partially while driving instead of just pushing it in, changing gears, and letting it out. I understand that, but what about when starting from a stop or backing out of the drive way?
I've noticed that when I back out of my driveway, I tend to put it in reverse and then slowly let out the clutch until everything engages and I start moving backward. Starting from a stoplight is similar; I tend to slowly let out the clutch while slowly depressing the gas until I get moving, then I let out the clutch completely until I need to shift into second. The only other option as I see it is to slam the revs up to around 3-4k RPM and then "drop the clutch," but that seems just as wrong.
I've done some Googling about all this, but most of what I seem to come up with are forum posts from wanna-be drag racers advocating spinning the tires at every opportunity. You all seem like a reasonable group of people who know how to drive both on the track AND on your daily commute, so I thought I would swallow my pride and ask the question here.
*Hangs head in shame*
I know I will learn all this on my own eventually through experience, but I'd like to make the process as painless for my poor WRX as possible.