Content on Lexic is categorized in two ways: 

  • An article is published by one author.
  • An article is published on a blog.

When you want to engage, and keep in touch with an author, you can either follow them, personally; or subscribe to their blog. Or both.

When you follow a user

  • You will see their new (and updated) published articles in your feed.
  • You will also see their own interactions with others in your feed: people they followed, blogs they subscribed to, articles they liked, comments they posted, and so on. 

When you subscribe to a blog

  • You will see the new (and updated) articles from the blog, regardless of author.
  • You will not see other types of activity from the authors of the blog. 

Obviously, if you both follow an author & subscribe to their blog, you won't see duplicated activity. 

The reasoning behind this

I believe in giving users of the platform the most agency possible in how to arrange the content they see. I also see engaging with content and engaging with people who produce it as separate activities, albeit with overlapping parts.

Here are a few situations this design handles: 

  • I consistently like the articles on this blog, but don't want to individually follow every author there. I can just subscribe to the blog.
  • I mostly enjoy this blog, but an author in particular. I can just follow them.
  • I like reading this author, but they publish on two blogs, one of which the subject doesn't really interest me. I'll just subscribe to the blog I like. 
  • This person doesn't have a blog, but consistently posts insightful comments on other articles. I can just follow them.
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