Having some problems understanding the publish times of posts, time zones, and how feed readers see time published. I've searched the forums and while I've found some information, I haven't found an answer to this specific issue - Here 's the deal:
I'm in NYC. I have set, in the admin settings, my timezone to UTC - 4. This page correctly displays my current time, allowing for Daylight Savings. When I write posts or update them, the times are correct in the admin pages and on my blog. But when I look at the times in the xml source of my rss2 feed, the times are greater by 4 hours. So if I write or modify a post at 7am, the feed displays the pubDate as 11am. When I check a feed reader like Bloglines, it doesn't see the article update until 11am. So...
Maybe this is all normal and I'm just not getting the whole timezone thing. Or is something off? I notice in the feed-rss2.php file is calles get_lastpostmodified('GMT')when it creates the pubDate. In the MySQL db for posts, the post_date and post_date_gmt entries for each post have the same 4 hour offset.
All I really need to know is if I just need to wait to see Bloglines update, or is there something off here? SHould post_date and post_date_gmt have that offset? Is that the UTC - 4 and how is it working correctly if my posts don't show up in readers until 4 hours later. Thanks!