I use the Standard theme for my blog (as do Brian Collins and Andy Naselli, FWIW). It’s very well done.
I ponied up $100 for the Support License so I could install it on other people’s sites. But till Monday, that license is only $69.30. And the basic, one-site license (all most bloggers would need) is $34.30.
I highly recommend Standard. Here are some benefits:
- Clean design
- Extremely, OCD-level, careful coding (nice to know it’s there even if you never touch it)
- Useful post types
- Easy ads
- Nice sidebar widgets