The southern town I grew up in is so small we actually have a town song that we would get together and sing every year (you think I'm kidding?! - It starts off "Ashland, Ashland, center of the universe. Ashland, VA my hometown." - you just can't make that stuff up.) Now that I live in the "big city" I've had to work hard to get rid of my accent. And as this quiz proves - I have! Granted I still throw in an occasional "ya'll" and "sugar" just to throw people off.
("Midland" is not necessarily the same thing as "Midwest") The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it's a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from the Midland.
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This got me thinking. When I read blogs, I assume everyone talks just like I do. I read in my own voice - but chances are there are some funky accents out there. What if all bloggers added a "welcome to my blog" podcast on their side bar (please don't have it play every time I visit your blog - that's just downright annoying). That way, I could play it and imagine your voice while I'm reading instead of my own.