I was definitely on the bandwagon of those ignoring WP and its capabilities because I was too good for it. As a budding web designer and developer, I considered it a slight to all designers when someone suggested using WP rather than developing a site from scratch.
However, as WP gains popularity (over 20% of websites use WP for content management), I now see the error of my ways and embrace the chance to learn what it has to offer. Though I’m still a big advocate for honing HTML, CSS, JS, JQuery, (etc, etc.) skills, I also recognize that use of WP is another skill to add to my bag of developer tricks.
Conquer WP, and then the world!
O’Reilly Media, Inc. (2014, November 19) Webcast: Building a website with WordPress. Retrieved from http://www.oreilly.com/pub/e/3236
W3Techs (2014, November) Usage of content management systems for websites. Retrieved from http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all