We start the process by clicking the "Get started" button in the navigation. We could have also clicked the button with the same label in a banner on the homepage.
Sign up with Google or Facebook
Welcome to Medium
Pick the topic you're interested in
Now we pick some topics we're interested in, which we're told will be used to fill our homepage with stories. We have to select 3 or more to continue.
Combing through your topics
This is a nice loading screen that we see after we pick our topics. It makes it look like there's some serious work going on in the background to generate our homepage feed.
Welcome to Medium (again)
Now we land on a welcome page with more information about Medium. There's a button in the top-left of the navigation and one at the bottom in a banner that says "Get started." I assume I need to click on one of these to continue.
This page was confusing to me. After the loading screen I just saw, I expected to land on my freshly generated homepage feed.
Pay for membership
Now we're asked to pay for our membership. I didn't expect this, I though becoming a member was optional.
I don't want to become a member, so I go back then click the Medium logo in the navigation to go to my homepage.