I must say I was very surprised when @gbolahan said that he no longer mines Bitcoins ! He's one of the first bitcoin miners I know here on Jackobian @ the time genesis-mining and hashflare were still in their tender stage and lifetime contracts on genesis-mining were as though they won't ever run out. Lols. But big bro,@gbolahan no longer mines and while that doesn't automatically evolve into a reason to worry, it calls for some concern at least. In place of mining, big bro has taken on PARKING which is more like staking. If you are not familiar with the terms please learn about them with the links below. Staking - How Proof Of Stake Really Works Mining - What Is Bitcoin Mining? Beginners Guide To The Process Mining vs Staking/Parking? In my opinion, both investments are really good opportunities to benefit from the cryptocurrency space and actually I do both of them although am more involved with mining (Bitcoins) The cool thing about mining is that you are so sure that Bitcoin is not going anywhere. Even if bitcoin is gonna go away, all the other coins will probably be gone by then. So it's rather much safer than parking or staking. But it is hardly more profitable. In a post by @philipj recently, he stated 2 major mistakes that people make with Bitcoins. From the post , he made it clear that people make the mistake of thinking that there are other Crypto assets more valuable than Bitcoins which is not really true in most cases and he gave a good reason for that. So, in terms of long term availability which entails security, you can say people have been mining Bitcoins for almost a decade now through GOOD & BAD times and they have been making profits! It's that safe. Yes,! Don't forget about the Profitability aspect Why staking is better than mining... Staking is a new technology that started in recent years . It presents a COST effective way of doing what Bitcoin mining is doing. By taking the huge cost off the process of securing the network, people can pocket more money by engaging in the process . Staking and parking does one very nice thing for you - it allows you access to the capital with which you started the parking/staking with! Yeah, you just have to buy and hold the coin you want to stake (in different ways depending on how it is programmed) ! Am sure you see why it's a more modern approach than bitcoin mining. Also,parking your coins will keep you in a position where you can hardly start losing money just like what happened to mining the other day. The only way you lose is perhaps something goes wrong with the coin you are staking and there's heavy dumping . Generally , staking is more profitable than mining (Bitcoins) and it also leaves your money in your hands(which is priceless for many people) ! Final Verdict Looking for new opportunities to park and stake some coins is really cool and in many cases you are in control of the system where you are parking or staking. You can make a lot of money doing this but it's rather risky putting your money here because the cryptocurrency being secured is relatively newer and less secure than Bitcoins Bitcoins on the other hand presents you a first class security and assurance of earnings as long as the cryptocurrency system is alive. But it gives you the headache of the possibility of running loss sometimes which is actually worse than it sounds. Also, you don't really control the mining process in different cases such as cloud mining and you can lose everything when it becomes unprofitable to mine Bitcoins! I suggest you do your research and engage in both for the sake of diversification and optimizing your earnings . Yes, I do both and I love both especially Bitcoin Mining! I hope this helps enlighten you in case you are looking for both Investments to be compared side by side !