Why my username is no longer MikunoNaka

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If you somehow came from my YouTube channel or GitHub profile, you might know that my username almost everywhere was MikunoNaka. I even had a domain with that name.

For about an year I've been thinking about changing that, because of reasons we'll talk about later. But I never did that because I already had a domain called "mikunonaka.net" (disclaimer: I no longer own it) so I thought since I have already spent money on it, better to keep the username I guess.

Why MikunoNaka was a bad username

The meaning behind was pretty cringe

I'm only going to say this once, and will be linking this just in case someone asks. I'm cringing my ass off right now.

MikunoNaka is an anagram for "Nakano Miku"

Nakano Miku cute pic
I don't own the rights to this image and got this from google.
Please contact me for removal

I mean I was like, 14 and also an idiot when I thought this up

It was hard to spell

I wanted an easy to remember name. MikunoNaka was awkward to type and no one really remembered its spelling.

I didn't care back then but later I started to host my git repos on mikunonaka.net, and was talking to my friend about some project, and he tried to open the repo by typing up mikunonaka.net and he struggled to remember the URL. And this happened on multiple occasions.

Was it mikununuka?
The N is uppercase? Why?

That guy knows about mikunonaka.net. It was just that hard for even him to remember. I didn't want to waste my money on such a domain name.

Was hard to pronounce

I mean how am I going to explain to people how to say "MikunoNaka" and not weird them out! It sounds weeb-ish (it is but idc) but also wery awkward to tell others. Again wasn't an issue but how will I tell them to visit my channel or github or even twitter, etc if they don't even understand what I'm saying

I no longer have mikunonaka.net

This is the biggest reason. I already started hating this name, but I had a domain with this name so I thought I'd stick with it. That was, until I looked at the renewal fee. It's not a lot since domains are pretty cheap, but it's still money that'd be wasted on something I don't like.

I think letting go of a domain can be somewhat risky. I'm not sure if it really is that big of an issue but what if I just didnt change my GitHub name, and someone registered mikunonaka.net for nefarious purposes. Since I already had it listed on many profiles, if someone saw that my name on GitHub is MikunoNaka, they'd probably think it's mine at first. That could go so wrong. I might just be paranoid but better safe than sorry.

My name's better

In the end, I think my name actually sounds pretty cool. I'd rather people refer to me as my real name nowadays. So I just use VidhuKant or a variation nowadays online unless I don't want to share my name.


Everyone picks shitty names. Especially me as I am terrible at naming stuff. Have you ever had a username which was pretty bad but was everywhere and you had this dilemma about changing it or keeping it since it's everywhere?

This is post 04 of #100DaysToOffload