My presence on the web started with a Hotmail address setup sometime in 1997 from a painstakingly slow dialup connection in the middle of Malawi, East Africa. About 3 years later this was followed by active use of MSN Messenger (after dabbling with ICQ) and my first site in 2002.
My site at the time was a terrible concoction of HTML frames, horrible bright colours, and an overdose of animated gifs. All running on a Pentium Celeron, served by Apache on Windows 2000. Not pretty. The site evolved, the textured deep blue background disappeared, I started adding photos and a simple CV, and it gradually became more sensible. However, most communication was still via Messenger (with the odd IRC chat) and I did not really follow any blogs, podcasts, etc.