It is sad to see that the shifting WordPress theme market has started to push out a large number of incredibly talented people. Following market principles, one could say “good riddance”, but, as is often the case, that would be a more than superficial way of looking at it.
What the rapidly increasing number of so-called “multi-purpose themes” means is that creativity and – in many cases – design and programming excellence are taking a more than severe beating. And, at least in my opinion, the principles that once made WordPress what it is today are taking an even deadlier beating. Empowerment seems to be one that is only business-oriented today and, worst of all, new ideas that go beyond the mainstream are disappearing across the board. Every single day. Those kinds of themes are simply not economically viable anymore today. Only a very few years ago, they were the ones that got the ball rolling and made the stunning success of WordPress possible. They were the lifeblood of WordPress as a publishing platform.
My advice to those people still in the game, the ones unable to compete with the flood of elephantiasis-like WordPress themes, is to get out while you still can. If you don’t, you’ll be buried sooner than you can say “multi”.
P.S.: I think I am probably the only one even remotely concerned, but it never ceases to amaze me that the head honchos of WordPress aren’t more vocal about this development. I guess they are just happy about the astonishing growth of their publishing platform . That is short-sighted, to say the least. At the moment I actually do hope that this development, which has taken on alarming proportions, is going to turn around and bite them in the ass one day. Twice.