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.