I just started playing the guitar in the past few months with no influence but decided now was a good time to research into this and improve by observation along with practice. I practice about twice a day every day for 30 min+ so what are some key things to look out for when first starting?
Assuming you're already learning the technical building blocks like the main types of chord fingerings and the simple scales, my own musical development was always fastest when I was playing (or trying to play) the main riffs from simple songs that I like. I would just search online for "songname guitar tab" whenever an earworm got lodged in my head, and slowly try to work through the notes until I got comfortable enough to improvise on it a bit. For fingerpicking some of my favorites were the Beatles - Blackbird, Kansas - Dust in the Wind, Zeppelin - Stairway, Clapton - Tears in Heaven.