I have a WordPress blog that is all user based Authors that submit content and such. Currently in the site, you can view other authors profiles but basically just view their content from the author.php template.
Where would I even begin to build a plugin (or find a plugin) that allows authors to "follow" other authors and then on another page query the authors they follow to show certain content from their followed authors like comments they made, posts they made, etc.
I don't want to add BuddyPress or go that route but I have seen similar plugins for BuddyPress but not for just WordPress.
I imagine I need to do something like create an array of users they follow in their user meta then query those users to display the "activity". Is that sound right?. Any insights, tutorials, plugins etc that may help get my foot in the door for this?