Why mbizup Wouldn’t Change a Thing

Posted by · June 28, 2012 1:33 pm

With a husband and two teenage boys at her house, Miram Bizup’s biggest problem isn’t technology related.

“My biggest problem is a recurring one,” Miriam says. “It’s the parenting logistics of getting everyone to different places at the same time, on time.”

Coordinating multiple schedules aside, there doesn’t seem to be much else that befuddles the Microsoft Access Database genius. Over the past 20 years, Miriam has balanced work and family and moved up the ranks as a database developer in Maryland.

Like many people, Miriam discovered Experts Exchange in 2005 when she was searching online for an answer to a technology question.  Her Experts Exchange story serves as an encouragement to both ask questions and answer questions on the site:

“I discovered Experts Exchange while looking for solutions to database questions when I first started learning Access.  My first question was terrible.  I knew next to nothing about Access, so the question was really convoluted and posted for only 50 points. Needless to say, it got no responses other than the automated post from the Autodeleter a month later. Looking back on that first question, even I have no idea what I was trying to accomplish. In the meantime though, I had figured out how to ask better questions, was getting great responses and had gotten hooked on the site as a valuable technical resource.  Apart from a few questions early on, I was just using Experts Exchange as a search tool for most of the first year of my membership.  It was about 10 months after joining that I started answering questions and became an active participant – and started recognizing that I had joined a great community.”

Since then, Miriam (who Experts Exchange users know as mbizup) has amassed close to five million expert points and 14 certifications. She is also an Experts Exchange Cleanup Volunteer, Page Editor and Zone Advisor. For her, it’s the community and the valuable technical resource that Experts Exchange provides that keeps her active on the site.

Speaking of active, Miriam is also an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer and scuba diver. There have been times, however, that her high energy has worked against her. Like the first Experts Exchange Core Conference, for instance, when Miriam tripped during a morning run around town, hurt her jaw and had to have it wired shut for the remainder of the conference.

“It was the first—and probably the only–time an expert has been completely silent during an entire Core Conference,” recalls senior site administrator Eric Peterson. “Everyone felt so bad for her, but it gave the interns someone to dote on during the conference.”

Now that Miriam has made a full recovery and regained her voice, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with her on the Experts Exchange Tech News Podcast where she talked in depth about how she defines work-life balance and how we can get more women in tech. Her advice to women—and men—in technology or any other career:

“If you don’t love what you’re doing, you’re in the wrong field.”

Since she’s spent the better part of 20 years with the same company and says she wouldn’t go back and change a thing even if she could, we can say with full confidence that Miriam is in precisely the right field.