9 years ago, I set out to create a place for myself, to showcase my passion for guys in sneakers and bondage. The result was, with your help, a place for many of us to visit and to feel a connection with our fetishes. A place to meet others, and a place that, most importantly, proved we are not alone with these feelings - there are others in the world who feel the same way we do - a lot of us. This was that place.
Over the past few years though, my own passion has eroded and I've found myself unable to continue with maintaining my personal corner of the fetish world. I no longer experience the fun and happiness I used to feel when building this site, contributing countless hours doing photos, managing posts, and constantly improving it. I kept hoping, that the inspiration would return, but it hasn't, and while I've avoided facing it, the time has come for me to close Jake's Place, as to do nothing would erode its legacy for those of you who remember it when it was active and alive, which I don't want to see happen.
Its with a feeling of sadness that I close Jake's Place, as its been an amazing experience, like any journey, it came with its share of bumps, but the rewards outweigh them. I feel honored and lucky to have managed to inspire so many of you, to pursue your own fetishes and to feel accepted, that having a sneaker fetish does not make you a freak, even though for many of you I've never personally spoken to you, not even a casual email. I didn't think that simply expressing myself would have that type of impact on anybody, not in what most people seem to consider as anonymous of a communication medium as this. It just goes to show that our actions can matter, even if we don't expect it.
As for myself, closing Jake's Place doesn't mean I'm going away forever, I'm always looking for new opportunities, so with the closing of something old, gives room for something new. We'll just have to see what that will look like.
In closing, I'd like to thank all of you for your support, without which Jake's Place wouldn't have been the same, and to wish you all well in the future.