There have always been requirements for my journals. Spiral bound does not constitute a journal for me, that would make it a notebook. When I was younger it had to have a lock so my siblings wouldn't read it because there was important stuff in there. Like who I liked.
I used to write a quote at the beginning of every journal I had:
"Get a notebook my young folks, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity." Spencer W. Kimball.
Here is a quote from the oldest journal I have with me (I have olders ones in TX): "Josh W. still ahsn't borken up with Beth, but still got some friday night. Also, Jackie frenched Mark after going out with him for less than a week! some girls' standards are way low!" Also both exclamations points are dotted with a heart.
I also used to put times on my entries. So for instance the exceprt above comes from the second entry of this journal and I started at 10:03 and ended at 10:09 (it was a short entry). Most are about 15 minutes, in case you wanted to know.