My year on the BCG clock has expired, and I have decided not to get an extension. I definitely intend to seek certification in the future, but the more work I have put into my portfolio, the more I have realized that I'm just not ready yet. I'm at a point where I need to step back and reevaluate my goals.
I also think that I need to engage more with the genealogy community (online and locally). I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience over the last few years, but I still have a lot to learn. Hopefully, I can find more experienced genealogists to mentor me, or at least become more active in local genealogy societies. I plan to focus more on posting on this blog and working on Geneajobs.net more often as well.
It would also be a good idea for me to complete more research projects and take more classes at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and elsewhere before I continue work on my BCG portfolio. I need to slow down and enjoy the experience of learning more about genealogical research.
I think I'm pretty good at this, and I look forward to getting better. I just can't be in too much of a hurry to do so.