Mediabistro recommendations/comments?

My wife is trying to get into freelance writing and is looking for a little bit of advice. The site provides some information and contacts to paying members. Please leave a comment if you’ve used or looked at Mediabistro. If you are a a freelance writer, feel free to leave her any advice.

I’m trying to become a writer and it is highly recommended to build your own website. Thinking about using to host my personal home page (free w/ the $50 membership). Does anyone have experience Mediabistro or any recommendations? The site is designed for writers, otherwise I’d use something free.