I had basically settled on PHP and had my own sort of framework that I used over and over again. An /inc/ directory with all my header.php, footer.php, sidebar.php, and one file that had many helper functions and other files for various applications.
Then when responsive web design became the thing it was a bit of a struggle for me because while I was taking advantage of CSS I wasn’t an expert. It was recommended to me to try WordPress. I shrugged it off several times because while I was aware of WordPress.com and may have even created a site there at one time it just didn’t seem like what I was into.
Then a very close friend/wife/colleague of mine was involved in a project that they had decided to use WordPress on. I jumped in to help a bit and it really piqued my curiosity.
Sometime about 2012 I decided to give WordPress a try on my own site http://djkenstone.com which I was already very heavily invested in my own PHP design. Not knowing much about anything WordPress I installed the 2012 theme and was very happy with it’s responsive design. I began to populate the site with my content and was happy with the ease of use of the dashboard and simple content creation abilities.
From there I began to want to change things so I began to search the web for tutorials and bought a few books and was hooked. I never looked back.
Since that time I’ve become proficient in plugin development, creating child themes, etc. So much so that I’m now eager to become a WordPress developer full-time.