Blank Page Syndrome x 160 (or whatever).
1. Use that first page to write down your contact information. I usually add a pithy little plea: "This is my annex brain/heart/soul. If you return it to me, I will be forever in your debt."
2. It is a bit overwhelming to make art on that first page so open your new book to any blank page and make your art there. This is a good way to start to get to know the paper in your new book. Try to keep in your mind that every single sketch or journal page will not be picture perfect. Some will be dismal, sad, messy and pure cr*p. Try to not care about that.
OK, your turn. Do you have any snippets of advice on starting a new journal. Add to the comments!