My Name is My Name
If you follow me from writing, you probably know me by my alias, AZ. No, it’s nothing special, it’s only my first and last initials. Honestly, I just think it looks cool — especially italicized and bold. 😁
If you visit my site, you’ll see what I mean.
AZ has been my name on Medium since I joined summer of 2017. Personally, I think the two initials stand out. I imagine it’s also fairly easy to remember.
But from here on out, I’ll be using my real name.
“I can’t find you”
The other day, I emailed my buddy Trevor Rivet just to say “hi” and see how he’d been. We had an extremely brief conversation before I realized something important. I had to change my name. As Trevor and I caught up, he sent me this message:
“How’s your writing going? I’ve tried searching for you on Medium but typing AZ doesn’t come up with your page haha”
Immediately, I ran over to my computer and typed in my credentials, AZ. I wasn’t even on the first page. Later, I found out I don’t even show up on the Medium app at all! I think this is the point where steam burst out from my ears. I was furious.
I’d been on here how long and people couldn’t even find me if they wanted to?!
2 Medium Names
Believe it or not, you’ve got two names on Medium. You have a profile name you can edit (mine was AZ) and it shows up every time you post, respond, clap, etc.
You also have a permanent URL name that attaches to the platforms domain name, which looks like this:
I learned the hard way, but this is largely how people find you on here. For whatever reason, my names were not in-sync. My permanent “@” is Alec Z, so this pretty much explains why I’ve decided on the name change.
From now on, I’ll be Alec Zaffiro. (Never thought I’d say that.)
I suppose all of you will just have to get used to my last name — it’s pronounced Za-fear-row… because I put fear in people. Jk.
Okay, I’m done.