Thank you for this! I thought I was alone. I’m a self-taught coder, but designer by trade… I’ve worked on a lot of WordPress sites, and created WordPress themes but for some reason I just could not finish my own portfolio site with WordPress. And yesterday I coded everything from scratch and it was so rewarding. I don’t need a content management system yet so that’s a plus for me but I think there’s a lot of value in writing everything from scratch that we seem to overlook when all we think about is the fastest way to do things.