As a Creative Team member for various designers and/or stores, I have received their products for free or with a discount in return for creating and posting projects. Many of the layouts you see here on my blog were done as a requirement for these CTs. Any additional advertising that I do is purely out of love and my wish for their business to succeed.
Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.