Looking through the server logs for Windypundit, I noticed that my bandwidth usage was up to 40 gigabytes this month, which is pretty high. A little investigation showed that just over half the bandwidth consisted of this stock photo from last year:
That photo was served to the web 170,000 times this month. Since Windypundit didn’t have anywhere near that many visits this month, I can only assume that someone has hotlinked the file into their own web site. Shame on them.
I just replaced that file with one about 1/4 the size, which should reduce my bandwidth usage by about 35% if people keep hitting that photo.