Paul Verbeek-Mast I encourage you to give it a go. I did front and back end dev from 1999–2007 and the got fed up with Ie6 and 7 etc.
I made the switch into UX (what used to be termed IA) 10 years ago and have never looked back.
I come from classical back end / desktop development. It’s what I love and am good at. In the last 3 years I found that frameworks like Knockout and Angular have brought “my may of thinking” to the front end. So yes I agree, the front end is more back-endy now for better or worse.
Great post. It’s really hard to find a balance these days, also there is a lot to learn. I have had to spend a lot of time trying to fix bugs that don’t have direct relationship project, but rather originate from tools like Gulp or Webpack.