Watch the The Rocker online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 50 Eclectic Blues Licks You MUST Know
Getting around the fingerboard should be a priority. There are so many levels to knowing the instrument, sometimes you feel you have a handle on it, then you realize how much further you have to go.
So start off with the basics like knowing the notes on the neck cold, know the notes without hestiation. This will be the biggest favor you can do yourself. Do it! ;-)