I had a great time working with Gigi from It’s A Sparkly Life. Gigi had a BluChic theme and wanted to have 4 custom grid areas to highlight posts.
The grid of posts would only show up on the blog page right under the slider. The first grid row would automatically pull the 3 most recent blog posts. The next row would pull the most recent posts in her Eat category, and then below that the most recent posts in her Baby category, and finally a showcase of the most popular content on her blog.
We didn’t want a repeat of posts, so that meant we needed to start the blog post feed after the 3 most recent posts. I wrote WordPress PHP code to offest her blog below to hide the 3 most recent blog posts and fixed her pagination to make all of the blog posts appear exactly where they should after the offset.