My Name is My Name

I revealed my full name. Oh no!

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”

*forehead smack*

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.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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