This makes my teeth hurt.

Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy you like your book, but it's not meant to sit around untouched until it turns to dust (that's a few centuries with proper storage, but it's what will happen to any book over time).

Your book was made to be used. Use doesn't diminish it. Writing in your blank journal fulfills its reason for existing.

Please, write in you book early and often.