This tip seems pretty obvious.  At least to me.   

Evidently, it is not obvious to everyone.  

Here’s the tip: Don’t be a digital potty mouth.  

If you have a blog, a YouTube channel, or if you are on any form of Social Media, keep it clean.  

I heard Seinfeld make the same recommendation years ago.  Keep your work clean, he said (I’m paraphrasing), and you can work anywhere.  

When you are a digital potty mouth, you may impress younger audiences, I suppose.  Not that’t there’s anything impressive about swearing.  Doesn’t take any skill.  

I’m not exactly sure what you gain by swearing online.

I can tell you exactly what you don’t gain.  

You don’t gain an older audience.  

And, if you are trying to make a living online, you are shooting yourself in the foot.  It’s older audiences who have most of the money, after all.

If you are using inappropriate language in your blogs and videos, you are likely losing money.

Last week, I recommended the frugal ninja site, Trip of a Lifestyle:  (I double-checked the link this time.) 

I follow quite a few frugal sites.  But, most of them contain unnecessary vulgarity.  I will not be recommending any of them.  

As far as I can tell, you are not going to need to plug your ears when Stephen and Lauren ( blog about frugality.  They are not digital potty mouths. 

If you have an online presence, imitate Stephen and Lauren.   

Don’t be a digital potty mouth.

Summer school
Okay.  It’s gotten too hot in Tennessee.  I am taking the month of July to drive around listening to French and Spanish podcasts while looking for bike trails in cooler climates. 

In August, classes will resume.  We will pick up where we left off.  Classes will resume Tuesday, August 10.  

During the month of August, we will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.  

After Labor Day (Monday, September 6) classes will meet every weekday morning, Monday through Friday.  

Here is what I will be teaching:

Latin 3: Third Year Latin by Robert Henle  • 6:30-6:55 am CST

We have six chapters left in this book.  We will resume in chapter 16.  Skip this class if you can.  Instead, read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  But, if you have to read the Henle book, I will do my best to help.  

Spanish • 7:00-7:25 am CST  

We stopped at the end of Chapter 17 of the book All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles. In August, we will pick it back up in chapter 18.  I am still learning Spanish.  So, I am “teaching” this class.  Really, I am learning in front of my students.   If you want to learn from someone fluent, I recommend my friend David Durham.  His site is here:

French • 7:30-7:55 am CST  

Last year, I took students through the first 20 chapters, or so of Le Francais par la Methode Nature.  This August, we will start the book again.  What I said about Spanish also applies here.  I am still learning French.  So, I am “teaching” this class.  Really, I am learning in front of my students.   If you want to learn from someone fluent, I recommend my friend David Durham.  His site is here:

Latin 2: Lingua Latina, Exercitia Latina  • 8:00-8:25 am CST  

We stopped at the end of Chapter 19 this morning.  In August, we will pick it back up in chapter 20.

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“To learn Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, or German, which books do I order?”  This is the most common question I receive.  

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