I schedule posts days or weeks in advance. I have been doing this on various wp.com blogs for years and it works great: Schedule the post... when the publish date/time hits it goes live on the site and the subscription email is sent to all followers.
However, this seems to have stopped working as I'd expect it to work. I'm not exactly sure when it stopped but it has been acting strange for a least a couple weeks.
What it is doing now is that there is no email notification sent to followers until *someone* goes to the site after the publication date/time for the new post. For example:
We had a post scheduled for 7am Eastern today. No email was sent. Someone went to the site to see if the post had been delayed for some reason at about 7:23 am EST. Immediately, the subscription email went out. Same thing happened yesterday at 7:10am.
Is anyone else seeing this behavior? I tested this on a second wp.com hosted blog this morning and had the same results.
Is this a bug in wordpress 3.5 perhaps? I haven't tested it on my self-hosted sites yet but will do so when I can setup a sandbox for it.
I know this is not a personal preferences issue as it is happening to all followers.
Incidentally, if we "Publish immediately", the issue does not occur. As soon as the post is published, the subscription email is sent. I would assume that's because we are immediately "visiting" the site upon publication.
The blog I need help with is todaysauthor.wordpress.com.