Hey guys I just created a free wordpress theme called "plain white". As the name describes the theme is very minimal and clean allowing it to be used for a wide variety of blogs. The markup for the theme is very light so it can easily be customized, it may be a good place to start if your looking to build your first wordpress theme.
You can download the theme at my blog. I plain on making it available for download via wordpress directly but figured I would release here first so as to iron out any bugs that may arise.
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