If you are planning on a new theme for your wordpress blog, you might want to give a thought to creating a ‘magazine style’ theme. A magazine style theme is a theme that looks like a newspaper print. Problogger.net is probably the most famous blog using such a theme.
The primary aim of such a theme is added functionality. You can show your top posts, your recent posts, a featured article… all on one page, the way problogger does it. Or you could show a post from each of your categories as Balkhis does it. Check out both blogs.
Syed Balkhi of Balkhis.com has come up with an e-book on designing a magazine style theme. Do check it out. Has plenty of neat illustrations to guide you through. If you do find it useful, do let us know.